Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity (1 Corinthians 13:12).
Recently, I heard of an amazing new technology which combines photography and the computer to create the image of a girl looking into a mirror. It produces a humorous and distorted amusement-park type reflection without the girl having to be present.
This brings to my mind the picture we often get when we try to imagine how God sees us. The image is distorted, but in this case it's not very amusing.
Because knowledge of our sins and shortcomings creates a sense of guilt within us, our spiritual vision is blurred, and we cannot see ourselves clearly as God views us.
The vision of ourselves can be blurred by either a lack of knowledge of what God says about us, or unbelief in what He says about us.
It is only from God's Word that we can find a true picture of ourselves, as God see us. All else is distorted.
The key for a person having a proper self-image is to discover what God says about us. We find this in His holy Word, the Bible.
In the Bible, the sinner discovers that he is a sinner and spiritually lost. He also discovers how to solve that problem, find forgiveness and eternal life through God's great love and forgiveness in His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In the Bible, the Christian discovers his new identity. Here are some examples:
1. He finds that he is a child of God. (John 1:12.)
3. He finds that he has been redeemed from the curse of the law. (Galatians 3:13.)
4. He finds that he now has peace with God. (Romans 5:1.)
5. He finds he is no longer under condemnation. (Romans 8:1.)
6. He finds that he already has (present tense) eternal life. (John 3:36.)
7. He finds that, in God's eyes, he is already sitting with Christ in heavenly places. (Ephesians 2:6.)
8. He finds that he can have supernatural power to do God's will. (Acts 1:8.)
9. He finds he has power over the devil. (Luke 10:19.)
10. He finds that as God's child he can ask his Father for anything within His will and he can have it. (1 John 5:14-15.)
11. He discovers that he has been chosen to be an ambassador for Christ, with God's message (2 Corinthians 5:20.)
12. He discovers that he can claim the promise of Jesus for great and mighty things. "The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to the Father. Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it!" (John 14:12-14, NLT).
There are many, many other descriptions of who we are. It is fun, and edifying, to search out and find them. I recommend it.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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