If we knew the people that God had worked through in the past we would be encouraged about His ability to work through us.
Think about it…
Mary was an unwed mother. Oh the shame.
Matthew was a tax collector who ripped off his own countrymen to line his own pockets.
David slept with someones wife, got her pregnant and the murdered her husband.
Jonah ran away from God.
Elijah was depressed and suicidal.
Jacob was a liar and a cheat.
Peter the disciple and first leader of the early church was flaky.
Paul, who wrote at least ½ of the New Testament, orchestrated the genocide of Christians in the early church.
Lazarus was dead!
In fact God doesn’t often pick the most intelligent, qualified person in the room. God often chooses the least qualified so it’s evident they’re not doing things out of their own strength but out of His.
Insecurity robs not only us of the reward of serving, the reward of making a difference, but it robs those we are called to minister to and connect with.
We’ve got to stop comparing our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel. Comparison involves constantly worrying about what people think about you and it is a really fast way to forgetting what God thinks of you.
We have got to deal insecurity and its BFF comparison a death blow.
The way to do this is to counter the lies they tell with the truth of God.
I am a son of God. I am a daughter of God.
I am called and chosen and equipped and empowered.
The Holy Spirit lives in me, the Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead lives in me.
God gives me wisdom.
It’s not by my might, nor by my power but by the Holy Spirit.
Every time that negative thought creeps in, every time it tells you that you don’t matter, or that you’re not important, or that you cant do that like they can, or you’re not good enough, counter it with the Word of God just as Jesus did in the desert when the enemy questioned his identity and purpose.
“It is written” and “the Bible says” are 3 of the most powerful words you can ever say and they will change your life.
About 12 years ago I did a preaching course run here at church by our previous pastor. Everyone else in the group was deep and meaningful and spiritual. And then there was me. Comparison tried to make me conform to how everyone else did it. But gun noises and Lost references kept on popping out of me and I had to embrace who I was, give comparison and insecurity a punch in the face and be myself.
It’s the same situation Gideon faced himself in. The angel of the Lord appeared and said “Mighty Man of Valour” and Gideon said who me? Insecurity answered instead of faith. Thankfully Gideon allowed God to transform his identity and self image so that he could play his part in the deliverance of Israel from the MIdanites. We know Gideons highlight reel, we can read it in the Bible, but once upon a time he stood at the beginning of his story with the challenge to play his part.
Goodness, stepping out can be a scary thing. Being real and giving something of yourself can be vulnerable. But if we stopped every time we felt fear or insecurity then we’d be living very dull lives.
David in Psalm 53:6 says When I am afraid, I will put my trust and faith in You.
He’s saying when I’m insecure, I will put my faith and trust in You who is greater, in You who have called me.
He’s saying when I look down on myself, I will put my faith and trust in You God.
When I compare myself to others, I will trust you God.
I will do it afraid.
There is a powerful scene at the end of Cinderella – the 2015 live action movie – where Cinderella looks at herself in a mirror as she goes to meet her prince charming… not dressed in the ball gown but in the rags of a servant. The narrator asks this question.
Would who she was really be enough? There was no magic to help her this time. This is perhaps the greatest risk any of us will ever take—to be seen as we truly are // Cinderella 2015
That is the big question. Will you take the risk? God loves who you are, He likes who you are and I think we do too. Kick insecurity and comparison to the curb.