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How do you view yourself?

Much of the time, we have the tendency to look at other’s walks with Christ.  We are quick to pass judgement onto people.  We are quick to tell people that they are wrong.  We are quick to gossip and talk about people behind their backs.  I, myself, am guilty of doing these very things.  We view others as very sinful people.  But, there is one question that I have to ask; it is a question I have had to ask regarding my own life.  How do you view yourself?

Take a second and think about that question.  How do you view yourself?  Really think about it.  Do you view yourself as a good person?  How about as an upstanding, model Christian?  Or, do you view yourself as a filthy, wretched sinner?  The answers to these questions can have a major impact on your walk with Christ, and it is important that we have the correct understanding of who we are.

One of the best examples of how we should view ourselves comes from the Apostle Paul.  In 1 Timothy 1:12-17 we see his example.

“I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent.  But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.  But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.  To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.  Amen.”

Paul is quick to point out his former life, that he “was a blasphemer, persecutor and insolent opponent.”  He continues on to say that he “had acted ignorantly in unbelief”.  Paul associates these actions with his old self, before he entered the grace of God.  However, Paul does not view himself as an awesome, glorious being, now that he has been redeemed.  What he says next is what I really want to key in on.  He says, “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, of whom I AM the foremost.”  Note that Paul does not say he was the foremost.  Rather, Paul makes it a point to say that he IS the foremost.

This is how we should view ourselves.  We need to understand that, like Paul, we are the foremost of sinners.  We should view our own sin as worse than anyone else’s.  By doing that we will begin to see God more clearly, and we will be even more thankful for the sacrifice that Jesus performed on the cross.  It is a humbling thought, I know, and it is one that I have had to wrestle with myself.  But, by having this view towards your own life it will help reveal the greatness of the glory of Jesus Christ.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

How do you view Jesus?

You may not think that your view of Jesus is that important.  You may think that as long as you go to church, pray to God, treat others right, and obey the teachings of the Bible that you’ll be okay.  I mean, you’re doing all the little things right aren’t you?  You’re doing your best to live a good life!  You’re doing everything you possibly can to do what Jesus taught!  So, you should be covered, right?  Not necessarily.

In Matthew 26:20-25 we see how your view of Jesus determines your salvation.

 When it was evening, [Jesus] reclined at the table with the twelve.  And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”  And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?”  He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me.  The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed!  It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”  Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?”  He said to him, “You have said so.”

In this text we see Jesus partaking in the Passover with his twelve disciples.  We see Jesus prophesy that one of his disciples would betray him.  But, what is commonly overlooked in this text is how Judas viewed Jesus.  He addresses Jesus as Rabbi, while every other disciple addresses him as Lord.  This may not seem like much, but it makes all the difference.  What these words mean will make this much clearer.  Rabbi, which translates to teacher, means one who instructs.  Lord, as defined by Webster Dictionary, means one who has all power and authority.

This brings me back to the question, how do you view Jesus?  Do you view him as an Instructor and Teacher, or do you view him as one who has all power, and all authority over your life.  For the majority of my own life I viewed Christ as “Rabbi”, and I thought I was fine.  But, when it was revealed to me that Jesus was Lord, and I turned my life over to him, my whole life changed.  From that moment on I had clarity in the word, and I have since longed to serve my Lord Jesus Christ through everything I do.

So, as you consider the question, how do you view Jesus?  I hope that you consider that Judas only saw him as teacher, and it led to destruction and betrayal.  I urge you to begin viewing Jesus Christ as Lord, if you do not already.  For only by his power and authority can you be saved, and you can only be saved by giving him all power and authority over your life.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Uncategorized