BIBLICAL SELF ESTEEM
By Matthew Fretwell
Directions: Read through the select Scriptures. Read the
Summation and Task below and then in your own words, answer each
question in 100 words or less. (Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self_esteem)
Ephesians 5:1, "Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved
Hebrews 3:6, “Christ is faithful over God’s house as a Son. And we
are His house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in
Summation and Task:
Considering the definition given in our Wikipedia lesson: “Self-esteem is a term used in psychology to reflect a person’s overall evaluation or appraisal of his or her own worth.” Relating how we feel about ourselves is imperative, especially in light of how we evaluate ourselves in Christ. As Christians, we realize that Christ is the only reason for our boasting and confidence; meaning, for those who believe in the doctrine of justification by faith alone, we have eternal security in Christ. Our faith in Christ should transform us from self-arrogance to self-confidence. Our confidence lies directly upon the Rock, being Christ, and not of our own works. However, the above verse from Paul letter to the Ephesians (5:1) allows us to see that God wants us to imitate Him.
Likewise, the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Corinthian Church stated twice, “I urge you, then, be imitators of me…Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ (1 Cor. 4:16; 11:1). Some members in the Corinthian Church were having difficulty in their self-esteem and self-worth, in Christ (not to mention doctrinal issues). Christians need to fully grasp that the life they live is not for their own glory, but for the One who redeemed them. This should give us a greater feeling of self-esteem,
knowing that whatever we do, in prayer and supplication before God, is for His plan and purpose. Once we have submitted our lives to Christ, our self-worth and self-esteem should be a reflection of our Savior. Paul does not hang his head in defeat after he is saved (thinking he was
a murderer), but instead we read of a confident Paul, full of self-esteem in Christ. He is living in Christ’s confidence, knowing that His righteousness has been imputed (or credited into Paul’s account) to him. The doctrine of justification by faith alone, informs us that Christ took our actual sin upon Himself on the Cross, then He replaced the sin, which was in our “account,” with His righteousness. It is by grace through faith, not of our works, which we are saved. During the
judgment seat of Christ, all which will be visible is His righteousness, not our selfish, sin-filled lives. Therefore, we have no need to live without confidence, self-worth, and self-esteem. The Creator and Savior of this world thought enough of us, to take our sins upon Him, nailing them to the Cross (Col. 2:14) and love us; so, we can rest, knowing He has evaluated us as worthy.
1. Our secular lesson mentions “Implicit self-esteem” in which a person evaluates his or herself, either unconsciously or automatic. As Christians, it should be automatic’ meaning in our subconscious, that Christ died for us. In light of what you just read (summation and task), how can you feel self-worth?
2. Biblically speaking is self-worth and self-esteem, apart from our faith in Jesus Christ, proper (meaning: should we evaluate ourselves with self-esteem aside from Christ’s righteousness. Clue: 1 John 2:16)?