“For in Him we live and move and have our being…” Acts 17:28a NKJV
Many believers have the mistaken idea that all they are supposed to do is take care of others and deny themselves. It’s as if they live under a heavy spirit of self-sacrifice. You are to take care of others and share with them what you have (Isaiah 58:6-7), for everything you have belongs to God because nowhere in the Bible has anyone done well who was stingy and selfish. Two incidents that come to mind are Nabal (1 Samuel 25:9-38) and Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-10). Serious lessons to learn!
But you are also supposed to take care of yourself and love yourself. Why? Because you are made in God’s image, and He is the Giver and Sustainer of all life. Your very existence is because of Him. Your life, your successes, your calling, and anything else in your life that is positive is because of God. Even something as simple as being able to move is because of His love. Therefore, you should be so overwhelmed by His love that you don’t hesitate to acknowledge His awesome power working in your life (2 Corinthians 4:7)
You are to be so wrapped up, tied up, and tangled up in God that you don’t want to be anything less than what He intended for you to be. God is love (1 John 4:8) and you, as His child, are love. You are to love yourself so much that you take great pride in being the temple of His Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16). You relish in the fact that you are “the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). You are His light that sits on a hill (Matthew 5:14) and the more you walk in His light, the more God causes your light to shine. Aww, the light of His countenance shining on your face (Psalm 89:15) in this big field called the world! It is so good to walk in love, to love God, to be loved by God, to love His creation, and to love yourself. And that is very good (Genesis 1:31).
Thank you, Father, for making me in your image and likeness and for instilling Your very nature in me. I love you, Father God, and I love Your creation, which includes me! Let Your Holy Spirit continue to mold me and make me be the person You created me to be. Everything You are I am. You are Love and so am I. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen.Back to Blog