And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. – Matthew 3:9 (NIV)
What do your thoughts and self-talk reveal about what you are relying on for wholeness?
When things get tough, chaotic, stressful, or anxious, what do you center your self around?
I’m OK because I am sexually desirable.
I’m OK because I am popular.
I’m OK because my church is big/growing.
I’m OK because I have a spouse.
I’m OK because I will be able to retire early.
I’m OK because my kids behave in church.
I’m OK because I attend church every week.
I’m OK because my house is clean.
I’m OK because I help others.
This self-talk is an attempt at justification of the self. Believing that there is something other than or in addition to God that brings wholeness. (see Shattering the Image)
As the verse above reveals, this is hardly a new construct. The gospel that the Pharisees and Sadducees has constructed for themselves was that because they were descended from Abraham, they were Ok.
They had put their hope in the one given the promise rather than the Promisor. (see Lance Armstrong and the False Self)
And Christ destroys their source of false hope.
If all God wanted was descendants, He could have made those from rock. Instead, God wants children who see their source of self as being His.
I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. – Leviticus 26:12
Instead, the quest for a shortcut to wholeness was drawing them farther and farther from God.
Until they could not even recognize the promised One as He stood before them.
There is one source of identity and basis of truth for self-talk. That is in the saving and redeeming person of Jesus. (see What is the Gospel?)
Everything else over promises and under delivers.
I am OK because God loved me so much that in Christ I was declared righteous.
I am OK because Jesus chose me and is coming back for me.