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Friday, November 9th, '18

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FULL ESTEEM AHEAD

"And to esteem them very highly in love..." (1 Thessalonians 5:13)

 

We will discuss self-esteem in a minute, but this verse tells us to esteem others and to esteem them highly. Esteem is a shorter version of our word estimate. Esteem is estimation, the value you place on something or someone. Paul added, "...let each esteem other better than themselves" (Philippians 2:3). The Bible speaks of others-esteem more than self-esteem. The Christian call is to enervate, encourage, energize, edify, endue and endow others more than ourselves. Knowing our position in Christ gives us unlimited esteem; that shouldn't be an issue.

 

But it is with many. It could be because you don't know who you are. You are made just a little inferior to Elohim and have been crowned with glory and honor (Psalm 8:5). You are made in the likeness and image of God; that means, divine "stuff". He threw the mold away after He constructed you, not because the mold was flawed but because it was grandly unique. Next, low esteem could be because you don't know Whose you are. Paul said, "Ye are bought with price". A price I guess! - the blood of Jesus. Did you know that had you been the only sinner Jesus still would have personally died for you? Paul said, "...he loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). Me!

 

And it could be that your esteem issue is that you don't know what the Bible says about you. "Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world". "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". I could quote a thousand verses if this devotion had room. Suffice to say that the New Testament is not condemning but is inspiring. "The word of God is quick and powerful..." (Hebrews 4:12) The Greek word there is energeo; the Word contains energy and is energizing. It will electrify your bulb, light your fuse and warm your blood.

 

Full esteem ahead! That ought to be our cry when our feet first hit the floor in the morning. I can't always say, "Full steam ahead" because I tire at times. But full esteem works whether you have full steam or not. It helps if parents, school teachers, coaches and other life mentors have encouraged healthy esteem in our younger years. But even if that has been lacking the Bible declares that you are "more than a conqueror through him that loved you". Christ will never leave nor forsake you. You have back-up every inch of the way. And the power of the Holy Spirit can and will make up for every personal deficiency you have. But you have to start where you are. Did you notice that at take-off the pilot doesn't "ease" into his ascent but shoves the lever down and goes for broke? His intention is to fly, not creep. We have to take on life with the same vigor. You have the want to. Philippians 4:13 says you have the can-do. Angels stand guard at the tips of both wings. Faith has as much thrust as the engines of a 747. The only limits you have are those imposed by fear. Your body, soul and spirit, the faculties God has equipped you with, resemble that 747 a whole lot more than a fickle paper airplane. Your job is to trust that it will accomplish that for which it was designed...flight. Now, pull the lever. Full esteem ahead!


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