At all cost we must avoid examining ourselves, and others, through the lens of humanism and accepting the conclusions of the pop culture. When we fail in this, we lose sight of God’s revelation about who we really are, our condition before him, and why we desperately need him every moment of every day.
We must be aware that at the end of our lives on earth we will not be judged by popular opinion, or by a panel of pundits, but by the Creator God. Our opinions about ourselves will not matter a wit, the criteria will be the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ and what we have done about him.
Far to many of us measure ourselves by ourselves, a foolish thing to do. We evaluate those around us and conclude “I am just as good as so and so” or “I am better than….”. The result is a false impression of yourself and others.
When God gives finals he will not grade on the curve. We must sincerely look into the mirror of his Word and see ourselves as he sees us. The Bible must be the final authority for both faith and practice.
I regularly think of myself more highly than I ought. Do you have that problem? Does a little boasting creep in? Lets be honest. It is very easy to paint a mental picture of yourself (or myself) that hardly resembles the real thing, and yet we are tempted to rely on that lie rather than the unchangeable God who has promised.