Self Esteem or Christ Esteem

Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall kep my judgments, and do them.

Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquitites and for your abominations.

Ezekiel 36:25-27, 31

In this passage, we get a crystal clear look at what we really are and at what Jesus Christ has done for us.  In verses 25-27 (and continuing on through verse 30), the Bible tells us all that Jesus has done for us.  He has cleansed us from our filthiness.  He has taken away our heart of stone and has given us a new heart.  And He has given us His Spirit to dwell within us.  What more could we ask for?  He has done everything for us.  In Him, we have everything that we need.  Everything good about us is because of Him.

On the other hand, we also get a clear look at what we are.  There is much said today about “self-esteem.”  When I look at myself without Jesus Christ, I see a rotting pile of sin and filth.  But when I look at myself with Jesus Christ, I see a soul that He loved enough to die for.  I see a “child of the king.”  I see someone with the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ.  I see someone “accepted in the Beloved.”  What makes the difference?  Jesus Christ.  While my “self-esteem” may be a little low, I want my  “Christ-esteem” to be very high. 

What are we “esteeming?” Ourselves or Jesus?

4 responses to this post.

  1. This reminds me of when John the Baptist said “He must increase, and I must decrease.”

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  2. Oh Jess, that is perfect. 🙂
    Ben, I get a little conflicted with all the self-esteem and self confidence talk too. Such a blessing to esteem Him and have confidence in Him, and just leave “self” out of it.
    God bless you as you esteem Jesus each day!

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    • Yep- there is really nothing good to “esteem” in me. It’s all about Him. But, unfortunately, I find pride rearing its ugly head all too often. I need to work on keeping my focus on Him and not me!

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