Galatians 2 The Message
“My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. God lives in me.”
Our value system is largely affected based on whether it comes from a God-centered viewpoint or an ego-centered viewpoint.
Ego-centeredness originates in our fallen nature; it centers everything on myself, causing my value system to also be distorted and self-centered.
We live in a culture where an individual’s value comes from an external and superficial perspective, rather than from something greater than the self. Even though we aspire to connect to our value from God’s viewpoint, we can easily get snagged by a secular, external viewpoint, and be swayed by other people’s opinions or attitudes. We might find ourselves doubting or questioning our intrinsic value that God gives us when we start to compare ourselves to others, and be swayed by a more materialistic or humanistic view of value.
We make decisions in our lives based on our perceptions of our value; be it ego-centered or God-centered. When we connect to a God-centered viewpoint, there is a peace, harmony, and confidence that comes from knowing I am created in God’s image, that I am loved, and that I have a unique and eternal value that doesn’t change and is not defined by what I do or don’t do.
If our value is defined from an ego-centered viewpoint, we often experience a cycle of doubting the value we have inside of us, and trying to fill that void in many different kinds of ways. This often results in low self-esteem as we underestimate ourselves and feel unworthy of love.
We might feel a constant self-judgment, sense of failure, or find ourselves chasing after value in a conditional setting. This can increase our own insecurity and leaves us feeling more unhappy.
In order to develop and strengthen our original value, we need to intentionally make the effort to change our perspective; it won’t change unless we make that effort. In whatever situation I find myself, it is my responsibility to seek and rely on God’s viewpoint, a process that requires humility and perseverance. We can change our understanding and experience of our value from external to internal, from superficial indicators to our profound inner nature, and from temporary to eternal and everlasting.
When I connect to this point of view, the confidence in my value is strengthened. In a sense, we exchange self esteem for God-esteem.