MOM! They're looking at me!!!
I remember when I was a kid about 11 years old standing at the kitchen sink doing the dishes being taunted by one of my brothers and one of my sisters. And then yelling, "Mom they're looking at me!!" Looking back now I see how silly that was. Of course they looked at me. I was (still am) alive and breathing, existing and people, especially those around me are going to look at me. For pete's sake!!! I look at other people!
What is the deal when we are out in public people get all shook up when someone dares to turn an eye to them. Oh dear!!! Maybe it is just me, but I don't think so, it seems to me, more and more over the years I am seeing people being offended at the slightest glance their way. Even when someone isn't looking at them–him–her. What an offense that goes up!! The glares, the hand over the mouth to whisper to the person next to them, or the mouthing, or even coming right over with a "WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT!!!" Oh dear!!! Excuse me for living!
I am now getting on to being an old lady, at least that is what the kids say, (and I wouldn't go backwards for anything!) I see this offense growing and growing. And what for??!! For Pete's sake!! People live, go out in public and Heaven forbid, look at each other!
I have come to the conclusion that all this is an inferiority complex. People thinking so little of themselves that they have to put others down or humiliate them to make themselves "feel" good or to show themselves superior or to make themselves feel they value. People who are insecure with themselves.
Inferiority complex! WOW! This seems to be running rampant these days, more than ever before. It is everywhere you look! (No pun intended––REALLY!)
These kinds of people are not satisfied with themselves. People who are not satisfied with who God made them to be. In fact, they DON'T know who God made them to be and do while here on Earth. This leads to not trusting God or His Word, therefore, these people are very much miserable.
These kinds of people are suspicious. Always looking out if others are looking at them. Lurking! in a way like Snidely Whiplash with his top hat and one side of his cape drawn over the lower part of his face. Eyes shifting this way and that trying to judge, "Are they looking at me?!"
These kinds of thoughts lead to not only dis-satisfaction with ourselves, but it leads to fear. These kinds of thoughts paralyzes so a person can't do what they are created to do.
"...they are faint-hearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet." Jeremiah 49:23
This is not the kind of life God made us to live. This is not who God made us to be. And God tells us in several places to fear not, fear NOT, FEAR NOT!!! We need to know what our value is. That is so important for you to know. You ARE valuable. AND you are worthy––God made you so.
The caterpillar asked Alice when she was in Wonder Land, "Who...are you?" "You? Who ARE you?" "Who are you?" (Alice in Wonderland 1951) That is a good question. Who are you?
I remember back in the 1960's the teens were asking, this question: "Who am I?" and it was followed by another: "What am I doing here?" When these two questions are answered each individual can then be content to go about the things they were made to do without fear, without dread, without apprehension. But instead one can go with confidence, certainty, and satisfaction. That brings joy, peace and pleasure.
How does one go about to find out 'who they are'? And how does one go about to find out 'what they are doing here'? To find these answers we need to go to God and His Word.
The first step is to accept the redemption that Jesus bought for us. What does that mean? Simply this: In the beginning right after God had had created the Heavens and the Earth, He created the man Adam and his wife Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden. (You can read the account in Genesis chapters 1, 2, and 3.) "And The Lord God commanded the man, saying, 'You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.'"
But Eve was tempted by the serpent and with Adam standing right there with her and gave in to the desire of "be as gods". The consequences of this is sin (aberration or wandering, from the truth; error; offense) and this sin affected and effected the whole human race and the whole of nature for the entire time we occupy this earth.
This has brought in every evil, every mischief, every fear, every doubt, every sickness, every mental health disorder, every bad character, every bad thought, every wrong dealings, every mis-judgment of character, every kinds of theft, and lying, every suspicion, and every wrong thing that is against God and against His Character and His Word. EVERY wrong was brought into this Earth because of the devil's tempting Eve and her and Adam giving into that temptation.
What can be done about that? It was already taken care of about two thousands years ago when God sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to pay the price to redeem us––to bring us back under God's loving care, protection and to His plan for that He has for each of us.
He was born to a virgin named Mary or Miryam as her Hebrew name is. The account of His birth is recorded in Matthew chapters 1 and 2 as well as in Luke chapters 1 and 2. As He lived here He never sinned although He was greatly tempted by the same devil that tempted Eve. But He never gave into that temptation. Hebrews 9:22 states: "According to the law, almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is not forgiveness." Jesus shed His own blood, dying on the cross, to pay the price for that sin.
Jesus told Nicodemus in John chapter 3 verse 3, " I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." And in verse 7, " Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again." How do we do that? Romans 10:8–11 says, "...The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. This is the message of faith that we proclaim: If you confess with our mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation. Now the Scripture says, 'No one who believes on Him will be put to shame,...' Also verse 13 of the same chapter says, " For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
Once born again, it doesn't stop there, we must have daily fellowship with The Lord: Talking with Him, worshipping Him, reading His Word and letting it sink into our beings and obeying Him. As we do this we are changed bit by bit into who He has made us to be. Also, as we read His Word we learn Who He is. We learn what He has done for us, and what He has promised and provided for us. As we have daily fellowship with the Lord we learn to trust Him. As we learn to trust Him we learn to be secure in who He has made us to be.
We learn that we are:
- The redeemed of the Lord––bought back by the blood of Jesus. Redeemed out of the hand of the devil and no longer in his control or in his family. We have a new family. 2Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come." What exciting news!! Old things are passed away––they are gone! And new thing have come!! Praise the Lord!!
- The righteousness of God in Christ Jesus––2Corinthians 5:21 "He (God) made the One Who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus)." Righteous means justification. Someone said this: "Jus ti fi ca tion: Just as if I'd never sinned." It means " being just as one should be" (Strong's Concordance), in other words being right with God. Being covered by the blood of Jesus and put in right standing with God. Strong's Concordance also says this "Including the idea of kindness, graciousness, liberality." This is what God is to us and what He has for us.
- Victorious!! Paul, after telling all the horrific things he and his comrades have been through states in Romans 8: 37 "No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him Who loved us." I love the next part also, " For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!" (Verses 38 and 39)
- Not only are we victorious He made us conquerors as well! Revelation 12:10-12a "The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Messiah (Jesus) have now come, because the accuser (the devil) of our brothers has been thrown out: the one who accuses them before our God day and night. They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not love their lives in the face of death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them!..." 1John 5:2-4 says, " This is how we know we love God's children when we love God and obey His commands. For this is what Love for God is: To keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden, because whatever has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that conquered the world: Our faith." Hallelujah!!!
- We are the healed. It is very interesting that the word "saved" in the Greek, sozo, is an all inclusive word.
The word 'saved' or 'sozo' from the Greek, means to "save, that is deliver or protect, heal, preserve, do well, be or make whole".
Think on those things for a while. God did that! For us!!
One of the most famous salvation scripture from the Old Testament is Isaiah chapter 53. This tell what Jesus came for and what He did. Read and think about this whole chapter, but I want to just point out a few verses.
"He grew up before Him like a young plant and like a root out of dry ground. He had no form or splendor that we should look at Him, no appearance that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men, a Man of suffering Who knew what sickness was. He was like One people turned away from; He was despised, and we didn't value Him. He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, and struck down by God, and afflicted. But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds." Isaiah 53:2-5
Read through those scriptures a few times--slowly and thoughtfully.
In fact I hope you take time with the whole chapter. But you see what He did for us. 1 Peter 2:24 "He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness; by His wounding you have been made healed."
- You are sons and daughters of God. 2 Corinthians 6:18 "I will be a Father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to me, SAYS the Lord Almighty." WOW!!! I am and you are a son or daughter of the Almighty God!! You are a prince or princess!!! We need to see ourselves that way. Princes and princesses have authority in the earth and they have fellowship with the High King!!!
- And speaking of having authority in the earth, He also calls us kings and priests. Here is what it says in Revelation 1:5-6 "To Him Who loves us and has set us free from our sins by His blood, and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father––to Him be the glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
Kings have authority. Jesus gave that authority to us in His Name. He gave us His name to use. Matthew 28:18-20 when Jesus came back from the dead, before He was taken up into Heaven said this: "Then Jesus came near and said to them (His disciples), "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. God, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." And again in Luke 24: 44-49 "Then He told them, "These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you––that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled." Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. He also said to them, "This is written: the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high."
Priests are ministers to others, through meeting needs--if we have it to give and through intercession prayer––praying for the needs of others. 1Timothy 2:1-2 "First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity." James 5:14 "Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they should pray over him after anointing him with olive oil in the name of the Lord." Ephesians 6:18 With every prayer and request, pray at all time in the Spirit, and stay alert in this, with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints."
- You are a new creation in Christ AND a minister of reconciliation! "From now on, then, we do not know anyone in a purely human way. Even if we have known Christ in a purely human way, yet now we no longer know him like that. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation' old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. Now everything is from God Who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ' certain that God is appealing through us, we plead on Christ's behalf, "Be reconciled to God." 2 Corinthians 5:16-20
So you see you are VERY valuable to God and to everyone here! You are a blessing!! You are just who God says you are!! So valuable yourself. And so valuable to the world around you. You are needed!
Another thing: Genesis 1:26-27 states this; "Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the animals, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth. So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female."
Now the 'man' the Trinity is talking about here is the human race, it includes male and female. But what I want you to see here is that we are all made in the image of the Trinity. He created us with a purpose––His purpose. And what is that purpose? "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, in Christ; for He chose un in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved." Ephesians 1:3-6 Our purpose is to praise and worship the One Who loves us most, Who created us because He wanted us, Who redeemed us out of the hand of the enemy.
Worship and praise is a marvelous thing! When we do this for the Lord we get our minds in the right place. This is very important when going through difficult times. When we get the whole of our being focused on the Lord things get into the proper perspective. We give place and power to the Lord instead of to others.
Did you ever think of that? When are focused on other people and what they are doing in relation to you, you give them power over your self. What you say and do is controlled by another person or people. Who should have control is God. Focus on the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit through praise and worship and your actions and words will be influenced by Him Who has no ulterior motive than to love and bless you.
One last thing. When my nieces and nephews were little children we were at a sister's house for one of the holidays. We gathered together to pray over the meal. When the prayer came to a close one of my little nieces exclaimed, "He had his eyes opened!!" Everyone one laughed and said "How would you know if you had your eyes closed?!!" Good point! Keep your eyes to yourself, NO, better yet keep your eyes to the Lord and you won't know who is looking at you. And who cares?!
All scripture used are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.