In today’s world, we are constantly in a state of competition. Competing for a job opening. Competing for a grad school spot. Competing for a starting position on a team. Competing for someone’s attention. Competing for best this and best that. In today’s society, we are even competing for likes and followers in the realm of social media! I’m all for some competition, believe me, but with competition comes something very dangerous that I think many, many, people struggle with every day: comparison.
How else are we judged by employers, coaches, admissions staff, etc. other than being compared to others? Always being compared to someone. Always being compared to another person. Always having our abilities, appearances, and characters compared to someone else’s. We are always in a state of asking ourselves, “What makes me better/worse than so and so? Why am I not as good as so and so? Why can’t I do what so and so can? Why did so and so get 127 more likes on their Instagram post than mine? (Yes I know this is a thing, trust me.)” These thoughts begin to grow and grow into more dangerous thoughts such as, “Well so and so isn’t interested in dating me, what’s wrong with me? There must be something wrong with me.” “Why didn’t I get this job I wanted? I thought I was talented in this field….I guess I’m not talented at all.” “I’m just not as good as so and so…..am I good at anything?” “Why would anyone ever want to hire/date/talk to me?”
Eventually, we find ourselves comparing ourselves to others to the point where we begin to degrade ourselves, doubt who we are, and even get to a point where we begin to settle for less than what we deserve in every aspect of our life. We forget our true worth. We forget who we really are.
Up until this point, I’ve focused on physical things, but I want to also focus on the spiritual aspect of this. The spiritual side of this is the thing I think I have struggled with the most. I’m sure many of you can relate to this chain of events: You’re on fire for God. You’re in a great place spiritually. You’re right where you want to be. Then, like every human ever to live on this earth, you stumble. You fall short. You sin. If this doesn’t upset you, then that’s another conversation for another day. If it does upset you, you begin to be really hard on yourself. You begin to compare yourself to others. You begin to question if you can serve God the way you should. You begin to doubt your own ability to be the Christian you were created to be. This state of mind grows and grows and eventually you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom. There’s no way out from here. I can’t be who God wants me to be……
This is where I’ve been wrong so many times in my life. This is where so many of us are wrong. See, the problem with this mindset is that you’re right: YOU can’t save yourself. YOU don’t have that power.
This is where the power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ comes into play.
See, as a Christian, one who is truly in Christ, we aren’t fighting FOR victory….but FROM victory!
Christ has already won that war. Christ has given us the opportunity to turn from our sinful ways and be who the Lord created us to be! See….our sinful past does not define us. It is a part of our story, but it is not the entire story! It is not who we are! Our sin is not our identity….Jesus Christ is.
So how does this connect to knowing your worth? Because, if you are more than your sins through Christ….then you are more than: not getting that job, not getting that starting spot, not catching the attention of that person you’re crushing on, not getting into your dream school, not being known as the “Most Attractive Person on Instagram 2K17”, and the list could go on and on and on. If you are more than your sins in Christ, then you are more than anything that you will encounter in this life.
Sometime, I want you to read all of Isaiah 61 and 62. If you ever begin to doubt your worth for any reason at all, come here. Read this. In these chapters, people of God are described as “oaks of righteousness”, ones who will “build up ancient ruins, raise up former devastations, repair ruined cities”, and even “priests of the Lord.” In chapter 62, people of God are even described as a bride. We all know the scenes at weddings, and how the bride is viewed as she walks down the aisle. In verse 5, it says: “so as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.” Wow….what a feeling. I mean that much to God? It changes your perspective, doesn’t it? Which leads me to my last point.
If you haven’t read closely this whole time….. please please please do now.
Here’s the thing you need to understand: YOU were created in God’s image! The One, True, Holy, Almighty, All-Powerful God! YOU were created in the image of the Creator. YOU were created in the image of the One who can move the mountains, calm the storms, and raise the dead. YOU meant so much to God that despite your flaws, mistakes, and sin that He knew you would have before you even existed, He sent His only Son to come to this earth and to die for who? YOU!
You are unique. You are special. You are flawed, yes, but if you are a child of God, you are redeemed in Christ Jesus. This changes literally EVERYTHING! This changes how you should view yourself. This changes how you live. This changes what you think you deserve. This changes how you let others treat you. This changes the type of person you seek to marry one day. This changes your work ethic. This changes your service in His kingdom. This changes your entire outlook on life!
Because…..when we realize how the One, True God values us…..we will realize that what He thinks of us transcends anything on this earth. When we have that kind of power that is found in Christ….
We will truly know our worth.
Know your worth and never let anyone or anything ever convince you otherwise.
If you haven’t found your worth in Jesus, I would love to talk to you about that and what He has to offer. Until you truly know Christ, you can’t live this life to its full potential. Until you truly know Christ, you can’t know the freedom that is found in Christ.
Thank you all for reading, and God bless.