My Fitness

Sunday, September 1, 2013

inadequate self-esteem (life under control week 6 day 3)

There's a large minority of people who struggle finding value in their own lives. But you do, and they do, have value. What is the value of their lives? How much does their life cost? The very blood of our Savior. That's no small price!

"Value is established according to the highest price someone is willing to pay." We didn't deserve, earn, or pay for our value, for the price that God paid for us at all. God paid for it while we were still lost in our sins. "Without a healthy sense of self-esteem, you can become self-absorbed, focusing so fully on your own needs that you have no energy left to meet the needs of others."

Jesus shares in parables the value you have to him. Remember the parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15:4-6. Jesus left the 99 and rejoiced when he found the one. Jesus went looking for you. The King of Kings, the most important person ever, came to find you. Would he do that for trash? You may not deserve the value, but he has given it to you nonetheless.

Interestingly enough, the sermon (Robert Morris, Gateway Church) from this weekend is VERY appropriate to today's study. You can listen or watch the sermon by following this link that I will embed as soon as it becomes available.
Here are my sermon notes from last night (we went Saturday night because my husband had to work Sunday morning):

...God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 ESV)
What is the main story of the whole Bible? In one verse:  “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." (Matthew 13:44 ESV)
Most commentaries say that we are the man and that the kingdom is the treasure. How does that make sense? A lost and dead soul can't find something that he isn't looking for. He can't hide something that is bigger than he. And most importantly, he certainly can't buy something that is NOT FOR SALE and if it were, we certainly couldn't afford it even if we did sell everything we had.
A better interpretation is to see the field is the world. The man is Jesus. And the treasure? Is us. It is you. You are Jesus' treasure. Jesus became a man and came into this world and he bought the field. The field was given to Adam and Eve to care for and they lost it to our enemy, Satan. Satan doesn't value you. He only values himself. He sees no value and gladly sold care of the world to God at the price of Jesus' death and blood. But Jesus' death ended Satan's tyranny and Jesus' resurrection brings us hope to a life in Christ covered in his blood, forgiven of our entirety of sin. 
1. The plot of the whole Bible is about God finding you.

-look at the Lost Sheep.
-look at the Lost Coin.
-look at the Prodigal Son.
In all these parables, the lost item is lost. The coin doesn't even know it's lost. The sheep is dumb and as most sheep do was probably still wondering. The Prodigal's Father was searching for him and when he was still a long ways off ran to him and restored his undeserved place.
From the very beginning, God has sought his people. When Adam and Eve sinned, it was God who came looking for them
2. It's about Jesus buying you.
-1 Corinthians 6:20 "you were bought with a price"
-Hebrews 9:12 "by means of his own blood"
-2 Corinthians 5:19 "in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself" 
3. It's about Jesus hiding you.
-Colossians 3:3 "For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God."
-John 10:27 "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand."
-Romans 8:38-39 "For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
-Ephesians 1:13-14 "In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory." 
4. It's about Jesus rejoicing over you.
-Hebrews 12:2 "looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross..."
-Exodus 19:5 " shall be my treasured possession among all peoples" 

That was the sermon. You can take a look at the other parables surrounding the Matthew 13 passage about the Kingdom of Heaven. The next parable is of finding a valuable pearl. And the next, of fishermen finding good fish and bad fish and on the day of Judgment the bad fish will be tossed aside. The object that is found in each parable is us. And in the end of days, those who have not been reconciled will be tossed aside.

Psalm 139:13-16

"As a person, you are valuable because God made you. As a Christian, you are valuable because Christ died for you." If you are not a Christian, then I would encourage you to decide to let God's love fill you and move you to reconciliation with him. Learn more by following this link or leaving a comment. 

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