Messages from Young Adults

Lesson 9: Self-Esteem

Self-esteem. It’s really all about perception. Whose are you going to go with?

The world says self-esteem is how you should feel about yourself after you look at your own attributes and add to that the input of others. God says self-esteem is how you should feel about yourself after you look at the One who made you and the worth He has placed on you.

But when it comes to how you feel about yourself, who should you really be listening to?

The world says you came about by an accidental explosion that was entirely without plan or purpose. God says you were created in His image (Gen 1:26,27); crowned with glory and honour (Ps 8:5) and the crowning work of the world’s Creator.

The world says you should snip it, tuck it, plump it, pierce it, straighten it, dye it, paint it, and or remove it – you can’t love it until you’ve fixed it. God says it’s okay to love yourself – He already loves you.

The world sees your colour, gender, ability, nationality, weight, and height, and then adds and subtracts points accordingly. God sees you and for Him there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female (Gal 3:28) for we are all equal in His sight.

The world sees your errors, infirmities and old age and says you’re useless. Then it locks you away in prisons, rehabs and retirement homes and throws away the key. God sees your errors, infirmities and age and says “you are precious in My sight” (Isa 43:4). Then He sent His Son to die on a cross so you could spend eternity with Him.

One soul is worth more than all the world. For one soul Jesus would have passed through the agony of Calvary that that one might be saved in His kingdom. – Ellen G White, The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, May 3, 1982.

Like I said, with self-esteem, it’s all about perception. Whose are you going to go with?

Comments

  • Alexandra Yeboah said:

    When I think of self-esteem, I like to think of a familiar psalm by David
    which talks about being fearfully and wonderfully made ( Psalm 139:14).
    Just like you have mentioned in your article, it tells me that I am special
    because God created me with a special purpose in mind. For the longest
    time, I’ve had low self-esteem, and I think that feelings of negativity often occur
    because you seek approval from people. While, people may let you down,
    God has promised us that he won’t ever leave us, and so when we think
    about this, we can’t help but be confident and strong in our faith in Him.

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