If you’re like most people, you’re very concerned about what other people think of you. You hope that others think of you as successful, thoughtful, attractive, etc. You hope that people like you.
In reality, you should be far more concerned about what God thinks about you. Take a few moments and ask yourself the following important questions:
What does God think about me?
How can I be certain?
The following truths—based on God’s revelation as recorded in the Bible—will help you understand what God thinks about you and other humans.
Originally, humans were created good.
Then God said, “Let us make humans in our image, in our likeness…” So God created humans in his image… He created them male and female. And God saw everything that he had made and that it was very good. Genesis 1:26-27, 31
Then, sin spoiled everything!
As a result, our natural human condition isn’t good anymore—it’s corrupted. In other words, we have a problem!
The world was corrupt in God’s sight and full of violence.Genesis 6:11
Indeed, I was born guilty. I was a sinner when my mother conceived me.Psalm 51:5
Not one person has God’s approval. No one has understanding. No one searches for God. Everyone has turned away. Together they have become rotten to the core. No one does anything good, not even one person. Romans 3:10-12
The consequence—our corrupted human condition—is not good!
We did what our corrupt desires and thoughts wanted us to do. So, because of our nature, we deserved God’s anger just like everyone else.Ephesians 2:3
People have no excuse. They knew God but did not praise and thank him for being God. Instead, their thoughts were pointless, and their misguided minds were plunged into darkness. While claiming to be wise, they became fools.
And because they thought it was worthless to acknowledge God, God allowed their own immoral minds to control them. So they do these indecent things.
Although they know God’s judgment that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do these things but also approve of others who do them. Romans 1:20-22, 28, 32
As a sinner, you’re separated from God and condemned.
But your wrongs have separated you from your God, and your sins have made him hide his face so that he doesn’t hear you. Isaiah 59:2
The payment for sin is death… Romans 6:23
Remember, although God created you in his image, sin spoiled everything! As a result, you aren’t perfect anymore.
Because all people have sinned, they have fallen short of God’s glory. Romans 3:23
But God wants you to be perfect. In fact, he requires you to be perfect like him!
…Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy. Leviticus 19:2
However, if you admit that you have sinned…
God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong. 1 John 1:9
…and believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross, you are not condemned by God!
God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but to save the world. Those who believe in him won’t be condemned. John 3:17-18
Once you were separated from God… But now Christ has brought you back to God by dying in his physical body. He did this so that you could come into God’s presence without sin, fault, or blame. Colossians 1:21-22
The payment for sin is death, but the gift that God freely gives is everlasting life found in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
Jesus has taken care of your problem!
We were dead because of our failures, but he made us alive together with Christ. (It is God’s kindness [grace] that saved you.) God has brought us back to life together with Christ Jesus and has given us a position in heaven with him. He did this through Christ Jesus out of his generosity to us in order to show his extremely rich kindness in the world to come. God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God. It’s not the result of anything you’ve done, so no one can brag about it. Ephesians 2:5-9
But now through Christ Jesus you, who were once far away, have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13
Believing that Jesus Christ died for you completely changes your relationship with God.
In fact, by believing in Jesus you become a new person with the power to overcome sin and live a life that pleases the one true God!
Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence. God has done all this. He has restored our relationship with him through Christ… 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
Imitate God, since you are the children he loves. Live in love as Christ also loved us. He gave his life for us as an offering and sacrifice… Determine which things please the Lord. Have nothing to do with the useless works that darkness produces… Ephesians 5:1-2, 10-11
How can you be certain that an unseen God really loves you?
The following passages from the Bible—God’s inspired word—reveal God’s unconditional love for you!
God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. John 3:16
Look at it this way: At the right time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for ungodly people. Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God’s love for us. Romans 5:6, 8
God didn’t spare his own Son but handed him over to death for all of us. So he will also give us everything along with him. Romans 8:32
Now you know what God thinks about you!
I’m not ashamed of the Good News. It is God’s power to save everyone who believes, Jews ﬁrst and Greeks as well. God’s approval is revealed in this Good News. This approval begins and ends with faith as Scripture says, “The person who has God’s approval will live by faith.” Romans 1:16
You heard and believed the message of truth, the Good News that he [Christ] has saved you. Ephesians 1:13
These verses represent only a few of the passages in the Bible that tell you what God thinks about you and how you can be certain he approves of you.
Praise God for giving you real confidence—now and forever!
Take a few moments right now to thank God for revealing all this to you. Thank him for proving how much he loves you by sending his only Son, Jesus, to die for you.
Heavenly Father, I believe, but help my weak faith. Help my faith to grow stronger so that I am certain that you love me.
Thank you for revealing to me that your Son, Jesus, is my Savior. Thank you for demonstrating how much you love me by sending Jesus to die for me—for my sins and failures—on the cross. Thank you for telling me that I am no longer separated from you and condemned. Now I am certain that whenever I die I will live with you forever in heaven.
Help me—through the Holy Spirit’s power—to overcome my sins and failures. Help me to change the way I think and act [repent] and live a new life that pleases you. Help me to seek your will for my life. Help me to serve others so that other people come to know Jesus as their Savior and Lord through me.
This prayer is offered in the name of your Son, Jesus—my Savior—the One who gives me real confidence and makes me certain. Amen!