“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone of you: do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think yourself with sober judgment ,in accordance to the measure of faith God has given you”
What keeps us from discovering who we are, and what God has called us to do? Last week we discussed the importance of using sober judgment to reflect on our past and how God has used our relationships, responsibilities, training, and experiences to shape us into the men and women we are today. Now lets dig deeper into that and focus on what keeps us from answering these questions about our identity in Christ.
There are 4 ways that we use to seek approval using false beliefs. As you are reading think about which one applies to you. First, The Performance Trap. Where we think we must meet certain standards to feel good about ourselves. Next there is the Approval Addict where we must be approved by certain people in order to feel good about ourselves. Others might play The Blame Game. The false belief here is that those who fail are unworthy of love and deserve to be punished. Lastly, there is Shame. A person with this belief thinks that they can not change what they are, and they are hopeless. The challenge we have is to recognize the category we fit into and then ask ourselves what the bible says about this. Here is what Jesus commands of us in Luke 16:15 He says ……………
“You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.”
We shouldn’t’t be content with ourselves because we have the approval of others; because God knows our every fear, doubt, hurt, and burden. And he chooses to love us just the same. We are to be content in Christ and remember that we are Holy in him. He sets us apart from a reason and purpose. Our lives have meaning and value when we glorify his name. This week keep that in mind when you feel pressure to perform, or feel shameful or undeserving. God’s asks us just to stop looking to others and just look to him.
Your Sister in Christ,
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*Living on the EDGE, Chip Ingram
The Search for Significance, Robert McGee
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