THE SELFIE SELF-IMAGE
- There are over 1 million selfies posted each day.
- 36% of people admit to altering their selfies.
- 14% admit to digitally enhancing them.
- Billions of selfies are deleted and retaken.
The “Selfie” illustrates a conflict that exists between who we believe ourselves to be and who we want other people to see. Our goal, in this series, is to help you embrace who God believes you to be. Put to death your current self-image and embrace the image of God.
- There is the me I see. With my faults and failure.
- There is the me I hope to be. Placed on us by society.
- There is the me I pretend to be. A mixture of the first two.
- There is the me I was created to be. The real me.
Psalm 139:13-14 (VOICE) For You shaped me, inside and out. You knitted me together in my mother’s womb long before I took my first breath. I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe. You have approached even the smallest details with excellence; Your works are wonderful; I carry this knowledge deep within my soul.
We don’t carry this knowledge deep within our soul, so we have fears, doubts, and insecurities we wrestle with. The Bible is filled with people who wrestled with their self-image.
Genesis 32:24 (VOICE) Jacob stayed behind, left alone in his distress and doubt.
Jacob is about to meet his brother Esau. He sends gifts ahead of him hoping his brother will forgive him. Jacob had pretended to be someone he wasn’t. Now he’s alone and starts wrestling with himself. When you are alone, what do you wrestle with?
Mark 8:36 (VOICE) What profit is there for you to gain the whole world and lose yourself in the process?
- You got the popularity but are you losing yourself?
- You got the attention but are you losing yourself?
- You got the promotion at work but are you losing yourself?
Genesis 32:24-25 (VOICE) In the twilight of his anguish, an unknown man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw he was not winning the battle with Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was thrown out of joint as he continued to wrestle with him.
- Jacob was about 76 when he stole Esau’s blessing.
- Afterwards he was on the run for 21 years.
- Jacob was 97 and still wrestling. No wonder his hip went out.
Genesis 32:26-29 (VOICE) Man: Let me go; the dawn is breaking. Jacob: I will not let you go unless you bless me. Man: What’s your name? Jacob: Jacob [heal grabber, supplanter, deceiver]. Man: You will no longer go by the name Jacob. From now on, your name will be Israel [triumphant with God] because you have wrestled with God and humanity, and you have prevailed . . . . Right then and right there the man blessed Jacob.
You will find yourself WHEN you start holding on to God, even when it would be easier to let Him go.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
- God cannot bless who you pretend to be.
- God cannot minister to your mask.
- God cannot save your selfie.
Here goes repentance: (1) Own where you are. (2) Turn to who God has created you to be. (3) Let go of your past and the opinions of people. (4) Hold on to God and His opinion.
God can only bless who you really are, not who you pretend to be.