Seeing Yourself through God’s Eyes
As I walk into the bathroom every morning, I look in the mirror and the commentary starts in my head. Wow! You must not have slept well last night. How is it possible that you are blessed with both acne and wrinkles? Then, my thoughts turn to yesterday’s regrets or hurts. You did it again. Will you ever get it right? I can’t believe they acted that way toward me. Is that what they really think of me? Maybe they’re right?
Then my mind starts to make a mental “to-do list” for the day ahead. I imagine how the events of the day will play out. I make my mental battle plan. I feel defeated before I even start.
Reminding myself of God’s truth about me is the only way to stop that internal conversation. I replace my negative thoughts with declarations from God’s Word. This is not practicing a positive mental attitude. It is more than wishful thinking. It is the truth of who we are because of Jesus Christ.
Throughout God’s Word we find declarations of who we are in Christ. It is easy for us to pass over those declarations because we focus on the verses after them that tell us how to live. These obligations are always anchored by a declaration—who we are in Christ. We tend to pay attention to the obligations with no thought to the declaration.
The regrets of the morning commentary are usually driven by these obligations. We reflect on all the places we fall short. We tell ourselves what failures we are, how we never get it right, that we messed it up again, etc. When our focus changes to who we are in Christ, and God’s great love, mercy and grace, the obligations change to descriptors of who we are becoming in Christ.
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see everything you’re not? Do you filter your image through the world’s eyes, unable to meet its ever-changing ideal? Or, do you see yourself as God sees you?
Through His Son, you are chosen (1 Thess. 1:4), complete (Col. 2:9), loved (Eph. 1:4), beautiful (Song of Sol. 4:7), a masterpiece (Eph. 2:10), a conqueror (Matt. 19:26), strong (Phil. 4:13). The list goes on and on. God’s Word is full of affirmations of who we are in Christ Jesus.
Look at yourself in the mirror today and see God’s truth about you. Remember: Everything God says is true (Prov. 30:5 CEV).
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