Continuing on the theme of the Mind of Christ, we come across arguably the most difficult area of our our walk to apply the New Mind to: our sense of self worth.
Imagine seeing your child look at him/herself in the mirror… in disgust. Frame a vision in your mind of a time you implored your son, daughter, or yourself to realize that no matter how convincing the school yard argument was made at the time, that your child in fact is not an idiot, that it is simply, “not true..”
More insidious, recount the childhood athlete who looks down from his mountaintop Olympus view upon the mere mortals who dare to come to the foot of his dominion. His eyes ablaze with pride, and derision etched in the gnarled visage one might call a smile. All are beneath him. And they are… after all…he is perfect.
It’s all the same. All expressions of who we are stem from one of two arenas: God’s Word, or our performance as is valued by the world’s standard.
If we do not understand how special we are in the eyes of our Lord, we cannot apply the Word of God to this area of our heart. The pain remains.. and the hammer of this world’s performance based worth hits upon the anvil of our heart every moment we are awake. Often times it hunts us down even in our sleep. The carnal mind is a ruthless bounty hunter, employed on behalf of the fallen world that is after only one thing: the peace and love of God that has been shed abroad in our hearts. It is a gift to us. The god of this world does not care for that notion very much. Too bad, huh?
I just might lose sleep over that.
Perhaps that is why I am not in bed at this hour and instead writing about it here:
Rich Mullins sang it well- “..makes me glad to have been caught..in the wreckless, raging fury, that they call the love of God.”
Yes, I have decided.
I shall lose sleep indeed. Be blessed.