Monday, July 23, 2012

Identity Embrace: Whose Opinion?

Who do you believe?
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Rarely can the elements of this world be deemed "reliable".  Whether it is your age we are talking about, or that blow-out SALE! in such-and-such department store, or your opinion on partially shaved heads--the things of the world are in constant flux.  What is here today will be gone tomorrow. 

One thing I know for certain: the opinion of our Savior never changes.  It is never in flux.  It does not depend on circumstances or trends.  And it does not become fickle or disloyal at the drop of a hat.

God's opinion of you is reliable.  It can be trusted.  Actually, our identities depend upon it.  The deeper question is, whose opinion do you truly believe?

I recently went through a tough couple of weeks.  When I analyze "why" this seemed the case, why I felt so anxious and uncertain, why I felt a wall built between myself and God--I eventually realized (and it was one of those realizations that took the honesty of dear friends to open my eyes) that I was forming my own opinion of myself, building up my own "standard", and gazing at IT instead of at God's opinion of me.  

Constructing our own standards and opinions, and then trying to live up to them, is downright frustrating.  Like, pull-my-hair-out frustrating.  Because these standards have a basis in our human understanding of what is "best" and completely neglect the work of the Cross.  They take our focus off the Savior and place it upon ourselves.  Jesus said, "It is finished."  I am enough, He says.  "My opinion of you is finished.  It is enough.  You are enough."

John 5:31-32, 44 says, "If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not deemed true.  There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony he bears about me is true...How can you believe when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?"  

Our mighty, powerful, creative God desires us to seek HIS opinion of us.  HIS testimony over us.  He yearns for us to exchange the created standards we set for ourselves, the false opinions, in favor of His perfection and glory, received at the cross by Jesus.  

What human-created standards are you setting for yourself?  Who does God say that you are?  

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