I love that line. Makes me giggle every time I read it.
[tweet]We all want to be somebody, someone of worth and recognition[/tweet], someone accepted and approved. To achieve this, some strive for importance in the field of literature, music, or film, and others in finances or politics. Among other things.
I wonder: in what do they bask themselves to reach that place of somebody-ness? With what do they fill themselves? Self-gratification of applause, power, money, or physical enhancement?
Unbelievers indulge in outward gratification to fill up their approval-and-worth tank. But in what do I, as a Christian, gratify myself? Do I obsess on outward approval? What really fills my approval-and-worth tank?
[tweet]When I look into a mirror, what do I see? Do I see someone approved by God[/tweet] and deemed worthy? If so, what image do I take with me when I walk away from the mirror?
If Christ “is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4) and spiritual rebirth makes me a new creation in Him (2 Cor. 5:17), and He places His Holy Spirit within me (Rom. 5:5), do I really reveal an approved and worthy image to others? Or have I lost that mirror image?
Sunning on the beach, one will exhibit the effects of absorbing the sun’s rays as a suntan. When I bask in the Lord’s presence, sitting at His feet, I will reflect God’s grace and character as the result of spending time with Him.
Is my approved-and-worth tank filled then, or do I go out and seek the approval of others to fill up my tank?
[tweet]Am I basking in the Son…Sonning myself? Do others see my Son-tan?[/tweet]
Paul said, “And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him and reflect His glory even more.” (2 Cor. 3:18b NLT) The disciple John said it as well, “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (John 3:30 NLT)
If, after spending time with the Lord, I decrease and He increases, I will regard my approval and worthiness as from Him. It will show.
Let’s stop and think about this. [tweet]I am some body. You are some body. We are the body of Christ.[/tweet] We are approved and worthy just as we are.
So, be sure you get this: you, my sweet friend, ARE some body! You are “accepted in the Beloved.” (Eph 1:6 NKJV) You are a child of God, loved, cherished, approved, and worthy. I pray you realize you are approved and worthy in the Lord.
***I hope you sweet readers don’t mind. This post is a remix of another post by the same title. I’m hooking up with Jennifer Dukes Lee and her book Love Idol: Letting Go of Your Need for Approval – and Seeing Yourself through God’s Eyes, about being approved and valued in God’s eyes and learning to live that way.