A Spirituality of True Self-Esteem
The course I am taking this week at the Kinnoull Centre for Spirituality in Perth is “A Spirituality of True Self-Esteem.”
In the opening sessions this morning Fr. Jim McManus stressed that how we view ourselves should be shaped by what the Scriptures say about who we are. He asked us to consider this question: If I don’t see myself as God sees me, who has it wrong?
What is the nature of the Bible (which is the authority about how we are to view ourselves)? McManus pointed out that the Constitution on Divine Revelation put out by Vatican II gives this description of the Bible: “In the sacred books the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children and talks with them. And such is the force and the power of the word of God that it can serve the church as her support and vigour, and the children of the church as strength for their faith, food for their soul, and a pure and lasting fount of spiritual life.” Isn’t that a great description of the Bible? Scripture is where God lovingly meets His children to talk with us and to fill us with the support and vigor we need for our daily lives.
Looking at some of the things Scripture tells us about who we are, he pointed out that we are:
– Made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1)
– Fallen and restored (Genesis 3 and 2 Corinthians 5:17)
– Precious in God’s sight (Isaiah 43:4)
– A little lower than God and crowned with glory and honor (Psalm 8:5)
– Reborn of water and the Holy Spirit (John 3:5)
– God’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:16)
– Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19)
– God’s work of art (Ephesians 2:10)
– The body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27)
McManus had the class go down the list, one at a time, saying our name then the statement from Scripture about who we are. For example, “I am Tom, made in the image and likeness of God.” Or “I am __________ [insert your name], fallen and restored.”
It is quite moving to take to heart what Scripture declares about who we are and to express that truth aloud. I invite you to try it with each of these Biblical descriptions of who we are.