Tuesday, June 4, 2019
I struggle with insecurities. It started as a natural part of the early teen years. When the hormones of adolescence kick in and we begin to determine our own values and belief system, this becomes a very real issue for us. How do other people see us? How much can other people really like us? Do we have what it takes to be accepted and included? Am I able to ever accomplish anything of significance? Is my life really worth anything?
For us to become emotionally healthy people these questions must find their answers in God. But for so many people the answers are found in personality, appearance, and performance. Measuring up to someone else’s standard in one or more of these areas becomes the driving force of our existence, because acceptance and personal worth is the driving force of our souls. The world cannot adequately supply what we need, but that is the only source that people have unless they are told about Jesus. He alone can fulfill all the acceptance and self-worth needs of people’s hearts. He can include us into the eternal family of God and give us an inheritance that is equally shared with all the saints in glory. He alone can qualify us. (See Colossians 1:12).
Moses teaches the Israelites this incredible truth in Deuteronomy 7:7.
Deuteronomy7:7-8 The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you…
Moses tells the people to avoid contact with all of the polytheistic (many gods) people of the world. He knows that all the nations that worship more than one god do so because the basic needs of acceptance and self-worth cannot be met by any human personality or performance. These lost people believe that through multiple gods they could eventually meet all of the needs of mankind. If a need was discovered, then there must be another god created to meet that need. Moses knew that all people are need oriented, and that the Israelites would quickly fall into this fleshly system if exposed to it for any length of time.
Instead of falling prey to the world’s psycho-babble of self-esteem, Moses tells the people the truth about acceptance and personal worth – it comes from knowing that God chose them.
It is the same for us today. All the answers to the enduring teenage questions of our lives are found in this truth – God has chosen us to be His people. That choice was not based on personality, appearance, or performance. The choice God made to love the people of the world was made based on His nature and not ours. The choice was made before the world even existed, so it cannot be based on fleshly qualifications. Paul writes this in Ephesians 1.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.
God’s choice was based on His choice to love us. Imagine that. It had nothing to do with who I am or would be, but on who He is!
Why do we continue to seek the qualification of the world and worldly people, when in Christ we are fully qualified already? There is nothing the world can offer that can add to what we already have in Christ. It is time to let go of the adolescent pursuits of value and self-worth, and submit to the fullness of Christ in us. Our value is found in Him. May His worth and glory be found in us.