What is True Biblical Self?
Let’s face it. You can’t listen to Christian Radio very long without hearing about your biblical self. Sometimes multiple songs in a row.
Sure, it’s fun to bob your head in the car to Michael W. Smith and Matthew West…but what is the true Biblical view of self? Are there any Bible verses on being yourself?
Other than getting the songs stuck in your head, how can you know—and be—your true Biblical self?
Good news, folks! The rest of the blog is about yourself! The one God created, the one God deemed “very good” in Genesis 1:31…and then promised to redeem in Genesis 3:15. The self God loves. Your true Biblical self.
Jump to the end to find 6 Bible Verses On Being yourself.
How Does the Bible define Self?
Whenever we learn anything new, it helps to define terms. We learn ABCs before we learn to read words. Before learning how to drive a car, we learn the signs of the road and where the brake is.
True Biblical self: The Origin
And when we are defining self, we need to start with ABCs and mechanics. In other words, we need to start at the beginning. We need to start at Genesis.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” ~Genesis 1:1
The very first verse of the entire Bible is critically important. Life—including the true Biblical self—originated with God.
True Biblical Self: The Artist
And as every artist knows, the most important elements are created last. The decorative flowers are put on the wedding cake as the final touch. The shooting star is carefully painted in on top of the deep midnight blue sky. The loudest, most dynamic section of a piece of music is at the end.
You get the idea. Artists build up to something.
True Biblical Self: The Masterpiece
After five glorious days of creating the majestic backdrop of the world (light, sky, land and vegetation, sun, moon, stars, creatures that live in the sky and in the water…), God gives His finale: creatures that live on dry ground and (da-da-du-dum!)…humans!
What does the Bible Say about being true to yourself?
All inspiring pieces of art originally begin by reproducing what is already available. Fantastic still-life paintings are drawn precisely by careful observation of the actual bowl of fruit. A customized article of clothing is draped over the shoulders and across the waist of the soon-to-be wearer of the garment. Songs, stories, movies—anything “creative—is taken from something that actually exists.
And what is the model that God used when He created you? What does the Bible say about the true Biblical view of self?
“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…’” ~Genesis 1:26
Pause a second. Let that sink in. You, beloved, were created with the best model ever!
You are made in God’s own likeness. When God created you, His example was none other than Himself.
When God fashioned you, the landscape He used is His own holiness, His own righteousness, His own goodness.
Your self is modeled after the God’s Self!
Do you feel it? Do you sense a quickening of your breathing rate and your pulse kicks up a notch?
Just as when the true inspiration of a masterpiece is revealed… Viola! The inspiration for you is revealed! And it is jaw-dropping, stunning.
The inspiration for you is none other than God Himself.
What does the Bible say about being content with yourself?
Before we get too deep, let’s clarify what we do not mean:
When we mention self, we are not talking about the self you bring to the job interview. Your “best self,” the one who has all the answers and always wears the wrinkle-free blouse.
Not the self you are in front of your mother-in-law. I happen to love my husband’s mom, but the pressure to always adore my husband and clear off the table after every meal made me feel like a lemon being made into lemonade.
There is even the “Sunday self” (be honest, we all have one, which also shows up at church meetings too) which isn’t the self we mean here either.
But with all the “selfs” we need to juggle, how can you and I be content with our true self? What does the Bible say about being content with the true Biblical view of self?
Who can I be except myself?
If you feel burdened all of a sudden, you aren’t alone.
You’ve probably come to realize you’re not the original self God intended. That the version you see in the mirror or hear talking to your kids or co-workers isn’t the true Biblical self.
And you’re right.
Our true Biblical self has become marred and disfigured because of sin. This is why we desperately need reminding of what our true self is.
It takes special care and attention to look beyond the cracks and see the sparkling vase, to look beyond the faded hues and see the masterpiece.
And it takes a deeper look to see you, beloved, to the beautiful creation God sees and adores!
If God is our Creator, the one who molded us and made us with our unique gifts and quirks (hey, those are special too!), it only makes sense to turn to Him and ask him how to be content with the self God made us to be.
Bible Verses about Being Yourself
1)“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” ~Ephesians 2:10
You are the work of God’s hands. God has majesty in mind for you!
2)“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” ~Psalm 139:13-14
It takes quite a lot of gut to turn from the world’s shouts of what your and my self should look like and instead embrace the true Biblical self that God intended. But it’s a fight worth preserving!
3)“Indeed, the very hairs of your heard are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” ~Luke 12:7
God, who created you, sees you. God knows you! And you are infinitely valuable to Him.
4)“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” ~Isaiah 44:22
God, who has created and deemed you and I “very good” calls us back to him to be redeemed. The most refreshing promise of a creation is to be returned for a good polish—except in God, He never refurbishes, but makes us new!
5)“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” ~2Timothy 1:7
We are not alone to discover our selves, but God generously provides His Spirit to all who ask. Remember, before you fill a glass with water, you must first empty it. Likewise, empty yourself, surrendering all to the cross of Jesus who died to save you from your sins, and be ready for God to fill you to the brim!
6)“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” ~1Samuel 16:7
Others can only see your skin and may judge you by how quick your mind is and how much experience you have. But rejoice! God sees beyond that: He sees the heart. Your dreams, your passions, your inspiration and what brings you joy and fills you with gladness! And, remember, God put all those things in there too. So celebrate, because God loves and cherishes you!
To be content with the true Biblical view of self, listen to what is true…to you
Look again at the verses outlined above. Which one resonates with you? There is only one answer…your answer, the one that is true to you. Listen, beloved. This is God speaking to you, to your true Biblical self. Let it resonate. Let it come in. And get a glimpse of the true version, the self made perfect and without sin. The self that reflects the Creator, the Great Artist.
Before We Go
We’ve unpacked a lot today! The origin of self, the inspiration of self, and some Bible verses about yourself to remind you of your true Biblical self.
The next time you open the Bible, remember that as whatever attributes of God you learn about, you are also learning about you, your true Biblical self!
To close, here is a prayer I’d like to pray over you, and with you:
We praise You because You are the source of life. You are perfectly loving and also perfectly holy. Thank You for creating us in Your perfect image. May You help each of us to open our eyes to discover what is the true Biblical view of our selves and rejoice in the original plan You had in mind. All glory and honors are Yours, Lord!
In Jesus’ name, amen.
About The Author, Cheryl Kramarczyk
Cheryl writes romance centered on Christ, with a focus on forgiveness. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her working part-time as a lab tech and homeschooling her two sons with her husband in Chicago, Illinois. Get your free copy of her printable “Five truths to consider if you’re withholding forgiveness.” or read her engaging novella, Stay with me.
Cheryl Is a fabulous writer, and I’m so thankful for her guest post!