Because the Bible can never mean what it never meant.


Take a look at Exodus 3:11-12.

11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I (what is my identity? what is my self-worth?) that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you (stop thinking about yourself and what you bring to the table and focus on me instead) …

The solution to finding purpose, meaning, value, and worth as a human being is not found inside of us, but in the God who made us and is with us by His own volition.

“What is the biblical solution when a person is paralyzed by a sense of guilt or unworthiness or uselessness? I believe with all my heart that the solution is not self-esteem. God did not say to Moses, “Stop putting yourself down. You are somebody. You are eloquent.” That is not the biblical way. What God said was, “Stop looking at your own unworthiness and uselessness and look at me. I made the mouth. I will be with you. I will help you. I will teach you what to say. Look to me and live!” The biblical answer to the paralysis of low self-esteem is not high self-esteem; it is sovereign grace.

John Piper

” … Let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love ….”  Jeremiah 9:24.  Don’t have self-esteem: have Christ-esteem!

Now I understand why, when asked in my Spiritual Formations class about the love of God for us, Dr. Piper responded with this statement:  “God’s love for you is all about himself.”

There’s a decent sermon here about exploring God’s love which is all about Himself.  It’s the one on July 15th.


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