By Patrick Hawthorne
Recently I have been totally enamored with 1 Corinthians 2:16, “Who hath known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?’ But we have the mind of Christ!”(KJV).
As amazing as it sounds, those who accept Jesus as Lord receive His intellectual faculty and understanding. That is what the word, “Mind” means. This ability to understand is spiritually discerned and cannot be comprehended by those who do not know Jesus. This explains how the world can look at one thing one way, yet the Body of Christ another.
So, if we have the intellectual understanding of Christ Jesus, why is it that we struggle so much with our personal view of self? Why is it that we can believe that God can love another but not love us as much? The problem is simply one of not taking captive our thoughts and retraining our minds to think along the line of how God thinks. Often we think of ourselves in terms of our failures, whereas God thinks of us in terms of His glory.
Look at Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” While arguably one of the most abused verses in the Bible used for discouraging people, this verse is actually one of encouragement.
The Greek word for, fall short, is hystereo which means, “failing to meet.” The word for glory is, “Doxa,” which means “What evokes good opinion; something of intrinsic worth.” Put it together and the verse simply says, “All have sinned and fail to meet the intrinsic worth and good opinion by which God sees them.”
Did you get that? God knew that, because of sin’s debt, we were incapable of living up to the worth and value He had placed on each of us. So, what did He do? He took sins debt upon Himself through Christ Jesus; He made us right with Him. He brought us up to the level of glory that we had missed because of sin.
God does not see us through our sinful failures, but as victorious through Christ Jesus. When we begin to see ourselves and speak over ourselves in the light of how God sees us, we will quit being so self-judgmental. So, how does He see us? Here are just a few verses that tell us.
-As holy and blameless in His sight (Ephesians 1:4-5)
-As His artistry…His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
-As His children (Galatians 3:26/4:6, Romans 8:14, John 1:12-13)
-As friends (John 15:15)
– As His beloved (Colossians 3:12, 1 John 3:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:1)
– As righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:21-26)
– As God’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20)
– As God’s Army (2 Timothy 2:3-4)
There are more, but the point is this. If your value of self in light of how the Lord values you is low, how will you be able to share with others their value unto the Lord? You can’t and still be sincere. Begin today. Start confessing God’s opinion of you versus your own. Be blessed.