What is it that makes you feel good? Is it how you feel? How you look? What you know? Who your friends are? Who or what tells you that you are worthy, valuable, beautiful? I believe it is all these and more.
Recently, I had to replace my worn out blue jeans with some new ones. I don’t like shopping so whenever I need new jeans, I usually go online, type in what I need and then look for the proper size and the right price. Imagine my surprise when I looked at my new blue jeans and found a message written inside, just for me!
“You are beautiful! You are worth it! You are flawless! You are valuable!” These affirmations and others of similar type, were printed on the inside pocket. I was flabbergasted! How did they know I was all these things? And how encouraging it was to see them….NOT!
While I appreciate the company’s desire to do something to offer affirmation and encouragement, I was reminded that truth is not always found on the pockets of my jeans—and that I need to be discerning and wise about the ways of the world and the deceptions of men.
In our search for significance, we can find ourselves searching out kind and gentle words from any source available. We must be careful and live as those with wisdom so we don’t fall prey to our need for acceptance, affirmation, value and purpose. These are available to those who enter into a personal relationship with Christ, on His terms as expressed in His own words. “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” John 6:40
Our value is found in the price God was willing to pay to restore man’s relationship with Him (the death of His One and Only Son, Jesus); and our purpose is found in a personal relationship with Jesus.
Throughout history, there have been men and women who seek to advance their own agenda and who take pleasure in leading others astray. We must take care in who we listen to and where we seek significance and purpose. As Paul warned Timothy, a time will come when we seek out teachers in accordance with our own desires. (2 Timothy 4:3) Of course, I bet you never thought the makers of a pair of blue jeans would seek to tickle your ears and influence your self-esteem, did you?
I am glad that God uses the experiences of everyday life to reveal Himself to us and to teach us truth. Today, I am reminded of these words from Paul and am thankful that I am accepted in the beloved and there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 1:6 and Romans 8:1)
How about you? Are you longing for acceptance? If so, I encourage you to reach out to the One who knows you perfectly and loves you fully. Cry out to God, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, acknowledge you have done bad things and ask Him to bring you into a personal relationship with Him.
“For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” 2 Corinthians 10:18