A prevalent idea in the Christian world today is, “I am such an awful person. I can never be good enough. I keep messing up and I can’t ever do anything right.” I see a lot of my friends deeply entrenched in this attitude, and I fall victim to it as well. Partially, it’s true. As humans, we can never live up to God’s standards of holiness. On our own, we can never follow His law perfectly. If we try to follow God’s law, we will always fall short.
But we aren’t on our own. We have the Spirit of God.
In order to see ourselves clearly, we need to take a look at how God sees us. Galatians 3:26 says, “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” As Christians, we have all been baptized into Christ. Romans 6:3-4 explains this, saying, “Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism in to death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
We have been united with Christ. We have been united with him both in his death and in his resurrection. Because of this, we are now sons and daughters of God. This is how God sees us. Not just as his sons and daughters, but as His Son. Galatians says we are “clothed…with Christ.” When I look at myself in the mirror, I see the clothes I am wearing. When God looks at us, He sees our spiritual clothing, which is Jesus Himself.
God doesn’t see our sin because He sees Jesus covering our sin. Obviously He knows we sin, since He is God and He is all-knowing, but He doesn’t view us as sinners anymore. That old man is dead. We have been given new life.
So instead of forcing ourselves back into our old rags, we should embrace the pure white coat that God has given us – His Son. God has given us a new identity. No longer are we sinners unworthy of a relationship with Him. We are now His own children, washed clean by the blood of Jesus.
Let’s look at ourselves and others with new eyes – the eyes of grace, the eyes of God.