When Jesus died on that cross that fateful day, like a whirling wind, the sin of the world cycloned into His glorious body. All our weaknesses, depression, low self esteem and insecurities crashed into Him. When I take a postmortem on myself, so many miniscule and gigantic flaws come to life. This can result to actually being depressed but I thank God for what He did. I always make reference on what Jesus did after He was resurrected. He visited the disciples where they were hiding in fear of the Jews, He told them to be at peace and showed His pierced nailed hands, this brought a sense of easement to the disciples. So this is what do when I need to see Jesus and not myself. Envision Him and His bruised body, now glorified and on the right hand of the Father.My esteem should be on what He did for me.
1Corinthians 1, 17: “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” Let’s take a look at Paul. He says that he doesn’t want to make the cross of Christ of non effect by depending on his ability of delivering a good speech. Paul is so assured that his esteem should not come from what he does. No. Isn’t that what we do as people, we turn to take great pride in the title of a job we have. We feel highly esteemed when we have a good looking life partner. When the kids are straight A students. It’s not wrong to have all that in perspective but it’s wrong when we lean our confidence and esteem on them.
I know that social convention dictates that we should have good things and I am not insisting that we dream any less about increasing ourselves but we should be careful that our esteem shouldn’t be high as a prerequisite of having much or having a good career.
1 Corinthians 1: 31: “That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” Paul seemed to be so much about really taking joy in Jesus. What I want is for us to be like Paul, let’s glory in God, that is where we take our esteem. If we let our esteem lean against how we look like, where we work, what kind of job we work in, what we are going through right now, then if things go down South, against the expected results, depression leaks in. Depression is real and it seems to be taking it’s toll in these modern days.
Depression is when you think you won’t ever be happy in your life. When you see a clear cut vision of stangnancy in your unfortunate time and you see no resolution for the problem at hand. It will start as a low self-esteem which will depreciate into depression. Depression then results in suicidal thoughts. I know of people that decided to take their lives due to depression. I believe that once we turn our eyes away from us and focus intently on Jesus, low self-esteem would deteriorate. The Gospel of Jesus is the key to breaking such bondages. Writers, let’s be unapologetic about the effect of the cross of Jesus. Likewise to evangelists, preachers, film directors. Let’s deliver this good news with the power of Jesus.
Romans 1, 16: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Indeed the power of the cross is undeniable. Just like Paul. Let’s put this in our minds and be assertive about it.
Take pride in what Jesus did. Busk in it and enjoy it to the full. Jesus has mastered and taken all the depression and insecurity of all people of this world on His bruised body. Just one person kills himself, he can’t handle his burden and he decides to end it, if only that person knew that his troubles are on Jesus already. So just imagine the insecurities and depressions of the entire world on Him while a single person can’t deal with their own troubles. Jesus took your troubles and insecurities on HIMSELF. He didn’t just do that, He took the entire world’s worth of burden.