It’s a small word that can have little or big meaning. It really depends on who you are talking about. Your ego is the value you place in yourself. The amount of importance you believe your thought’s, opinions, and ideas deserve on the social hierarchy. Some people’s egos are inflated and they need to bite off a big piece of humble pie. Other people’s egos are barely their, leading to low self-esteem and depression. What is the right dose of ego?
But how do you measure a person’s value? Recently in the U.S. we have taken note of “Black Lives Matter,” a movement which seeks to to fight against the dehumanization of African Americans. We are calling for these people to have their value noted and physically affirmed by correct treatment. What gives them, or anyone value?
You can look to the media, which will tell you it is a sexy body, designer clothes, stuff in your garage, or money in the bank. You can look to school and work, which will tell you that your value comes from what you put out, the grades you receive, the assignments you complete, the salaries you make. You might seek it from friends and family, looking for positive compliments and words of praise.
But for the Christian, what is ego? What is our worth? The curious thing about the Bible is that that authors, humans (although divinely used by the Holy Spirit) don’t have such good things to say about themselves. Job said that he despised himself (Job 42:6), Solomon calls all life meaningless (Ecclesiastes), Paul frequently spoke lowly of himself, saying he was the least of all the disciples (1 Corinthians 15:9), and even Jesus, the Son of God, entered into human history as a weak baby, born in a back-alley town, to an unwed mother, lived most of his life poor and homeless, and then was murdered. If we look at these people as role models, how can we think so highly of ourselves?
The thing was that these people, and the Christian, can have a positive self-image but it comes from not having an ego. How can this be? All of the people listed above valued their life not based on what they did, but based on their relationship with God and the things that brought Him glory. By being nothing, they emptied themselves of themselves and gave their lives to God. Or to put it another way: When I am weak, He is strong.
We are a culture driven by pride and stuff. It was like that 2,000 years ago, and its like that today. If you find yourself unhappy, more stuff, or more money, or more Facebook likes is not the answer. The answer is less so God, not you, can do more. If that bothers you, if you want to be in control of your own life and destiny, remember that God made you. God is the only perfect one. But in His great love for us, He is working to bring us to salvation, a process that began with Jesus on the cross, the lowest of the low, and will be completed when we see Him raised up in His full glory, ruling and reigning in Heaven, eternally.