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I Am Not An "Important Person" In the 1950's, thousands of teenagers were asked if their reaction to the statement, "I am an important person." 12% agreed. In the 1980's thousands of teenager were given the same statement. This time roughly 80% agreed. (Read an excerpt of the study HERE.) Should we call this a boost in self-esteem or the rise of narcissism? We are valuable because we are made in the image of God. When we are in Christ, we are part of God's single, sovereign, saving plan for the whole world...and that gives meaning and significance to our individual moments. The BIG story gives importance to our little stories. BUT...does that mean we should "think more highly of ourselves than we ought"? Why do so many Christian leaders dismiss criticism by claiming that they've "got to stay true to their call"? Is that confidence or arrogance? When we ignore our critics it's often because we are defending our crown; when Jesus remained silent before His accusers He was embracing the cross. When you face criticism, it's not a chance to display your self-assurance; it's an opportunity to embrace self-denial. The only way to resurrection is death. The only way to become fully alive in the image of God is to die to our self-made image of importance. I am not an important person in and of myself. My value comes from the imago dei, and from being in Christ, and because by God's grace I am caught up in an important Story. But the Main Character in that Story-- indeed, the Writer, the Director, and the Main Actor-- is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The greatness, the importance, the significance is "from God and not from us." (2 Cor. 4:7)

Glenn Packiam

Lead Pastor, new life DOWNTOWN, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Author and songwriter.

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