What do you think of yourself? How do you feel about yourself? Have you ever compared yourself with other people and feel belittled if you can’t do what they do or be like them? Have you ever said “I wish I could do what you do”? Everyone experiences insecurity at times, many have an identity crisis because they don’t really know who they are and they base their worth and value on many different things – what they do, what they look like, who they know, what they know or what they own.
The good news is, we don’t have to live insecure lives because it’s God’s will for us to be very secure and not to live in fear. We were created to feel safe, secure, confident and bold; it’s part of our spiritual DNA as born-again believers in Christ. But the key to living a secure life in Christ is knowing who you are in Christ, really receiving God’s love for you, and basing your worth and value on who God says you are, not what you do.
Isaiah 54:17 says “no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.” As servants and children of God, it’s part of our inherited, blood-bought right through our relationship with Jesus Christ to be secure. We are joint heirs with Jesus and whatever He has, we get. But we have to take it by faith, which means we believe it before we see it. And since we believe what we say about ourselves more than what others say, we each need to speak what the Bible says about us as children of God to overcome the negative, defeating opposition in the world that wants us to see ourselves compared to others, not who we are in Christ.
Knowing and recognizing God’s unconditional love for us will help us understand our worth and value are based on the fact that we are a child of God, not on what we do. 1 John 4:18 says “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” Perfect love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! This is important because if we believe God loves us based on what we do or how well we perform, we will never be truly secure and stable in our relationship with Him.
We as WAM ministers must remind ourselves that we are not only WAM ministry, but we are more than this ministry. If a time comes when God asks us to serve in another ministry, we will be as important and valuable to Him then as we are right now. We are all equally valuable to God.
God is love. And He really loves you! I pray that you will experience God’s love for yourself every day of your life. Then you can have the life of peace, joy and true security that He’s planned for you.
St Lucia Morning Service, HCB.