Having an Accurate View of Yourself

Posted: October 22, 2009 in Sin

You have an inflated view of yourself; I have an inflated view of myself. We are blinded and duped by our sin to think we are better than we are. We compare ourselves with others to commend our own performance, we see more sin in others than we do ourselves, and we make excuses and blame shift instead of taking ownership for personal sin.

The Church of Laodicea had an inaccurate view of themselves and Jesus’ words to them are startling: Revelation 3:17 “For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”

They didn’t realize their condition, they think they are rich and in need of nothing. They are actually wretched, poor, and blind. Their error was that they were ignorant of their true condition.  In short, Christ calls the church to repent and to let Christ in their lives to provide food, salve (for sight), gold, and clothes because they are needy.

We as Christians should not fear our sin being exposed, because we have Christ who made satisfaction for ALL our sins. No where in scripture does God turn away a sinner who is acknowledging sin and falling on Christ work. Where sin is truly acknowledged and confess, grace and the Spirit are present.

Accurately viewing yourself is not self-hatred, rather it is always orienting yourself to the gospel because you rightly see the incredible depths of your sin and also the unfathomable acceptance and love you have from God in Christ. This is cause for celebration!

Whenever a sinner accurately assesses his sin, the angels in heaven rejoice, and so should we.”

-Paul David Tripp, Whiter Than Snow

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