I battle with feelings of insecurities; maybe you do too. Those times when you compare yourself to others and in doing so, experience a dignity crushing, self-reducing kind of insignificance. It’s not exactly a pity-party but close to it. When we compare our accomplishments, personality traits, work skills or creative talents to another; we reduce our value in the sight of God, the creator of all things.
Those close to me are surprised to find I am not always as confident as I might appear. My outgoing personality and creative pursuits paint a picture of complete self-confidence in all that I do. Not true! I fight daily against feelings of inadequacy and insecurities.
What has helped me most is knowledge of who I am in Christ Jesus. Simply put, I belong to God and am loved by God. I am a resident and citizen of something greater than my insecurities, past and inadequacies. The only validation of my self-worth comes from above.
All of our failures, inabilities and comparisons are buried at the cross. Everyone is significant through the eyes of God; He views our imperfections much differently than we do. God sees our insecurities as opportunities to grow us spiritually. Through our inadequacies, He reveals grace is made perfect in our weakness.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” II Corinthians 12: 9-10
When we see ourselves through the eyes of the world, we may seem insignificant. When we see ourselves through the eyes of God, we understand we were purchased by the blood of His son, Jesus and are more than conquerors.