Published: April 28, 2017
By Pastor Tim Keesee
I ran a marathon one time with a guy who carried a selfie stick the entire time.
26 miles of him running. On film. For what? So he could get some great footage to share of the sweat forming on his brow?
Anyone who uses social media knows the pull to post those “look what I did” moments.
The great food pictures.
How hard you worked on something.
Sure, social media is great for sharing those things. But the danger is in seeing that as your identity; in letting “friends” and “followers” become the judges of your life; to let their likes and retweets make you feel like you’re doing something right, or to think something might be wrong with you when you don’t get the feedback you’re expecting.
The danger is in forgetting that your self worth isn’t in what the culture says about you, but in what God says about you; that He loves you; that you’re His child; and that you were created in His image, not the culture’s. (Genesis 1:27)
It can sneak up on you—the desire to be noticed or validated by people on social media. Who doesn’t want to know what others think about them or to be loved?
But the only “like” that really matters is God’s, and you already have it.
Psalm 139:13-16 says,
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
No matter what you’ve done or haven’t done—the sins you’ve committed or the expectations you didn’t live up to—God loves you. When He looks at you, He sees Jesus—His Son—who came and died for you and rose again.
A few weeks ago, the power went out in our house in the middle of the night. My wife and I woke up to our three-year-old daughter yelling out, “Help me please! It’s too dark!” She was trying to make her way to our room, but it was too dark. We scrambled out of bed frantically, both calling out to her that we were coming and that it was okay.
That’s how God feels about you. If you call out to Him in the darkness for help, He will come running to you. He wants to show you that He’s there with you and that it’s okay.
1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
You are invaluable to God; He is pleased with you as His child.
You don’t have to earn His love. You don’t have to prove you’re worthy of His love.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
In Romans 11:6, Paul wrote, “And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”
So, stop bouncing your identity off the world. Realize God loves you and accepts you when you call on the name of Jesus just the way you are.
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