“Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you…”
They are everywhere…selfies that is. You will find them on various apps including Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. The world seems obsessed with taking them and posting them online. According to Samsung, a million selfies are taken every day and account for almost 33 percent of all photos taken in 2014 by people between the ages of 25 and 33. They are most common in Australia, followed by the U.S. and Canada.
But what is the motivation behind selfies? Is it to show everyone what we look like at our best and how we spend our time? Sometimes it’s fun and OK, but if we are obsessed with selfies we may need to ask ourselves if we have self-esteem issues. Are we seeking attention, positive feedback or social validation from the outside. In other words, are our selfies an expression of pride and celebration of life or a call for affirmation?
There is really only One who can affirm our worth…and that is Jesus Christ.
Before I became a Christian, I thought it was all about me. I thought I had to earn God’s love and acceptance. Maybe…
- if I was pretty enough
- if I was smart enough
- if I was popular enough
- if I was good enough…then I would be worthy of God’s love and acceptance!
But you know what? I couldn’t measure up to God’s standard. It wasn’t for lack of trying! I gritted my teeth with determination. I summoned my strongest will-power. I made countless resolutions! But try as I might, I would fail again and again.
One Spring night at in a revival service I had an “ah ha” moment that changed my life. The evangelist was talking about the love of God and the fact that while we were still in our sin God loved us so much that He sent his one and only Son to die for us and pay the penalty for our sin. Imagine, God loved me even when I wasn’t very lovable – even though I wasn’t perfect. That night I asked Jesus into my heart. Because of His love, He clothed me in a robe of righteousness, His righteousness – and now I am “good enough”.
After Jesus came into my heart, I came to understand that it wasn’t all about me after all – but rather, it was all about Him!
- His unconditional love – not a love based on looks or performance. (Romans 5:8)
- His lavish love – you can’t measure it. (Romans 8:38-39)
- His eternal love – it lasts forever. (Jeremiah 31:3)
- His sacrificial love – God gave His one and only Son to die for me – for me! (John 3:16)
While shopping for a Birthday gift recently, I came across a coffee mug with a phrase on it based on 1 John 4:8 which says…
“She didn’t have to be perfect…
Because she was perfectly loved.”
Now, when my Father looks at me, He sees perfection, because when He looks at me He sees His Son.
Before I knew Jesus I was part of the selfie crowd because I thought it was all about me. Now that I know Jesus, I rejoice in the reality that it is all about Him!
Truth to Claim: Our worth is found in Jesus because it’s all about Him?
Application: Memorize some verses about how much God loves you so you can stand firm when Satan attacks your worth.
Solo Deo Gloria