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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Truth or Lie

In 1999, Bill Gates wrote his book Business @ The Speed of Thought in which he discusses how business and technology are integrated. He also shares with the reader 11 rules that students do not learn in high school or college, but should. He argues that our feel-good, politically correct teachings have created a generation of kids with no concept of reality who are set up for failure in the real world. Here are rules one and two.

RULE 1 - Life is not fair; get used to it.

RULE 2 - The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

We all know and for the most part have accepted rule no. 1. I am sure if you have kids those precise words have passed through your lips into their darling little ears more than once. But it is rule no. 2 that is so true and concerns me.

The truth- the world values accomplishments, educational degrees, prosperity, and pedigree and if you have all this and more you’re highly valued and at that point you deserve to feel good and have superior self-esteem.

But that truth … is also the lie.

For one thing, you can have all the before mentioned and still deal with low self-esteem because there is no destination of success in your life that will ever be enough. Success apart from Christ leaves you empty and leads to the vain reasoning if you had just a little more money, a newer car, bigger house then you would feel good.

God's truth is… good self-esteem doesn't come from having the “perfect” life or being perfect. It comes from knowing and accepting all your imperfections.

No, we are not perfect by the world’s definition. And yes, we still make mistakes but we always will as long as you are in this life.

And, no, this world may not care about your self-esteem as Rule no. 2 so poignantly states, but the Creator of this world does!

So it's not about what you have done, are doing, or will do as a human.

It's about you acknowledging yourself as a born-again child of the Most High God!

It's not about any "works" you can do, because you already did the one thing that matters most, you took Jesus up on His offer!

So you see, there is nothing else you need to DO in order to BE worthy. You simply ARE worthy now because God says so!

John the Baptist said he was not worthy to even carry Jesus’ shoes (Matthew 3:11) and yet he baptized Jesus.

The Centurion said he was not worthy to have Jesus in his home (Matthew 8:8) and yet Jesus healed his daughter.

The prodigal son said he was no longer worthy to be called his father’s son (Luke 15:19) and yet his father not only called him son, but threw him a grand homecoming party, gifts included.

Paul said he was not worthy to be called an apostle (1 Cor. 15:9) and yet God used him to give us our fundamental instructions for the Christian life.

What will come after your YET? Because of Christ, you are automatically worthy of all the good things the Lord wants to bring into your life!

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 "Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's so true, none of us are worthy in our own selves to be called "saints" of God, and YET, if we are born again, Jesus' blood covers our sins and we are justified in His sight and heaven is our home. Thanks Tina!