In the school and work setting, it is not unusual to observe individuals who have low self esteem.  These are easily intimidated, bullied, tend to be underachievers and reluctant to take a role of leadership.  Their focus is on self and the failures experienced in life.  Too often, Christians find themselves in this condition but God has provided a solution for the kind of thinking that produces a poor self image.  It is Scripture that reveals God’s thinking as to who we are. The writer of Hebrews directs our focus from self to the One who by means of grace has made it possible for us to have a personal relationship with God.  “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Heb 12:2 NIV).  In other words, our lives are to be centered on Christ while we go about our daily responsibilities.  It is because He died, was buried and rose again that we have eternal life and the privilege to call the God of Heaven, our Father.  But that is just the beginning of the magnificent possessions and privileges that belong to the believer.  Not only are we a child of God through faith in Christ, but the Father has provided for us all the blessings needed for our physical and spiritual lives.  The Apostle Paul stated … “blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph 1:3).  To the churches throughout Asia Minor where dispersed believing Jews had settled, the Apostle Peter wrote … “seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence” (2 Pet 1:3 NASB).  All that the Father had provided for the humanity of Christ during the incarnation until His ascension was now being made available to Christians. Those provisions were and are in place for us to tap into by faith, not on the basis of our merit, but by means of His grace.  We are familiar with some of these provisions particularly the ones that deal with our daily physical and material needs so we can grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Pet 3:18).  Yes, the Bible does state that … “my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Php 4:19).  But there is more, for Scripture teaches that we are adopted by God in Christ and that we are priests and kings unto God.  According to the Roman custom at the time of writing the New Testament, to be adopted meant that an individual was designated as the heir of the estate.  You and I are in Christ and God has adopted us to heir-ship.  “Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God” (Gal 4:7).  Furthermore, because of our position in Christ, Christians are priests unto God having direct access to the Father.  “And He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father; to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Rev 1:6).  The Apostle John adds … "and Thou hast made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth" (Rev 5:10).  What excitement and encouragement those truths must have been to John, while exiled and imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos.  He was living in the reality of his position in Christ rather than under his circumstances.  Earthly things and the future would have been dismal if his eyes were on self, but they were not.  His esteem was not based on self or his circumstances, but on Christ.  He was a child of the King.

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