I like to use Craig’s List. My husband and I bought a house last summer and basically had no furniture, so we found much of our housewares on Craig’s List. When you are listing something for sale, your chances of getting views are slim to none if you do not offer photos of your product, and people try all sorts of gimmicks to make their item stand out from the rest. My personal favorite, however, is when people list furniture and use the description, “High End”. You would only use such a title if your market does not know the brand name, which in and of itself should define it as high end, or if your product is not high end and you want to make more money off of it than it is worth. Either sales tactic, I would guess, would have limited success.
Do you ever do that with yourself? Have you made yourself a big fish in a small pond? Teenage cliches teach us that you can shine in your circles by the friends you choose: find ugly friends to make yourself look prettier, fat friends to make yourself look skinnier and mediocre friends to make yourself seem smarter. And when you consider your morality, do you compare yourself to your circle, or those most heinous and infamous criminals? Do you think to yourself, “I’m a saint compared to Hitler.”?
God loves me, God will let me into Heaven, because I am “high end”? Now, I would doubt anyone would use the term “high end” in describing themselves, and there is a false humility that we verbalize in order to justify ourselves, and that is the “I’m not perfect” followed immediately with, “but no one is”.
But you know what, the very fact that we feel the need to justify ourselves proves that we are not truly “high end”. We are not worthy of salvation or eternity with God, and we know it.
“And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.”
– Mark 10.18
“There is none righteous, not even one.”
– Rom 3.10
“…for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
– Rom 3.23
Yes, none of us are perfect, and the answer is not self-help (self deception) and boosting our self esteem. The answer is understanding that God has made a provision for us, outside of us. It is not of us, it is nothing that we can do, it is nothing that we can earn. We are low-end product that chooses to value.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
– Eph 2.8-9
Jesus, the only perfect human to walk the face of this earth, paid our penalty for sin so that we can be forgiven and have a full life here on Earth and in eternity with Him. Therefore, Paul says that we should not look at ourselves and boast about ourselves, but we should boast in Jesus and His provision.
“…so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
– 1 Cor 1.31
We are not high end product, but God loves us anyway, and offers us forgiveness of sin. And once we are forgiven, He empowers us to grow, to be more like Him. So let’s not try to fool ourselves or sell ourselves to God or anyone else, but let us face reality, let us value and boast in God – the only good person – and let us rest in His provision for us!