Do you find your “self”? Do you create your “self”? Do you receive your “self”? Or is there some combination of finding, making, and receiving?
Who are you?
How well do you know yourself?
How well do you like who you are (and who you are becoming)?
Are you comfortable being the “real you” around others?
The Good News of the Old and New Testaments is that you have a real identity. God is the one who defines who you are. He knows you, for he has created you. You are his workmanship (Ephesians 2:10). You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
John Calvin said true wisdom consists of two things: the true knowledge of God and the true knowledge of yourself. As you come to know God (truly) you come to know who you truly are. God is the Father, the Lord, the Savior, the King who is building his beautiful kingdom, the Giver of all good gifts, and so much more.
You are a child of God, a servant of God, a friend of God, an ambassador, a representative, a voice, a witness, a steward, and so much more. And you absolutely, totally, essentially, and always are one who belongs to God. That is the real source of the real you.
So, do you find, create, or receive your “self”? The answer is simple: YES to ALL. Your life itself, your personality, your being is a gift from God. He gives you life. He gives you, yourself. First, you are one who receives, then you must find out what you have been given and who you are. That takes some time. You must explore and discover all that God has downloaded into your DNA. (Hint: It is a lot and it is good.) And, you are invited by God to be about the task of making, shaping, and forming all of the raw material of your life into something and someone of great dignity and beauty.
This is the foundation for real self-esteem. This is where you find identity, security, meaning, and purpose.
God went to great lengths to make you who you are. You are who you are. You are uniquely you. You are not someone else. You should not try to be another person. You should accept yourself, value who you are, and seek to become even more of who you are.
You should also make every effort to stand firm against all people and powers that would diminish you. Critics do that. Sin does that. Foolish (dumb) choices do that. Trying to impress someone else does that. Trying to imitate and copy what the world says you should be does that.
On this, the great theologians, philosophers, and poets agree. The real you is worth finding, making, and receiving. Therein lies great happiness and joy.
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