June 14, 2011 § 1 Comment
For many of us, young and old, we have a constant struggle with trying to figure out with what, who, and where we identify ourselves. We yearn for a sense of belonging- whether it be similar clothing styles, music tastes, or sports we play. Yet, we always seem to come up short and never truly find permanent satisfaction in who we are.
Our greatest downfall in determining our self-worth is that we believe our self-worth is determined by self. We feel that we have to discover ourselves to find our self-worth. However, your identity is sitting right in front of you, it’s Christ! Now, I know what you’re thinking…It isn’t that simple or that easy- and I totally agree with you.
Allowing Christ to takeover you, to fill your need to have self worth, starts with passion to see His will in your life be accomplished. So many people want to see God’s will in their life accomplished, but don’t have the desire in their heart to truly see it come together. If your daydreams are still wondering to thinking about your upcoming party experience this weekend and that really hott guy at work today…You might need to consider what matters to you more. When you opinion of what God thinks of you outweighs your opinion of what others think of you, your self-worth begins to come together.
You can’t allow yourself to feel obligated to reap the reactions of someones else’s actions. For many of us, we allow our self-worth to be defined in the actions of what our friends are doing. We think that our self-worth is about what our friends think of us and what others opinions think of us. While you reputation should be closely guarded, if God is happy with what you’re doing than it doesn’t matter if you don’t own anyone else’s opinion. Your reputation takes a lifetime to build and a second to lose.
More times than not, it’s the majority that’s wrong- not the minority. We allow ourselves to be suckered into thinking that xyz problem is fixed by using zyx solution. Meaning, we allow the “norm” or “majority” to define ourself and guide our solution rather than seeking the best solution. We allow the solutions of our problems to be found in what our friends, tv shows, and radio talk shows tell us. Moreover, we see and identify our life with pop-culture rather than Jesus.
Like a never ending cycle, we try to fill our self worth with things we can see, feel, and touch. Like a pain killer, we numb ourselves from reality and seek to satisfy our inner desire of belonging and the satisfaction of being valued by someone else through acts of kindness. We are immune to the idea that our self-worth is sitting right in front of us.
But here’s the truth: You are special. Someone does care about you. You are highly valued. You were paid for with a high price, a painful one. You do matter. You have a purpose. Someone does love you. Someone wants you to belong in a place greater than you can imagine. His name is Jesus Christ, the beginning and the end, the Messiah, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Alpha, Omega.
Your self worth is found in accomplishing a purpose that was already made just for you. Your self worth is found in seeking in His refuge and finding satisfaction in the love He provides for you every single day. Your self worth is found in the fact that someone would go and die for someone so undeserving as we are. Your self worth is found in worshipping a God that wants more for your life than you can imagine.
Become who you are, not who you want to be.
Psalm 46:1 (KJV) ” God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
2 Corinthians 5:17