Do you feel insecure more often than you would like to admit? Do you wonder if you are truly valuable to God or anyone else? This is true of most of us. No one likes to admit it when we feel insecure, but our actions will admit it for us.
These questions will reveal how valuable you think you are and expose if it affects the people around you. If one of these questions touches your heart, stop reading, take a moment and pray with God about it, and ask him to show you the truth about your value in that area.
1. How “humble” are you?
When Israel wanted a king, God spoke to the Prophet Samuel to find a farmer named Saul. When he finds Saul, Samuel says,
“And I am here to tell you that you and your family are the focus of all Israel’s hopes.”
You are the focus of the entire nation, Saul, no pressure.
Saul responds like many of us would, with how unqualified he is.
21 Saul replied, “But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?”
He says, “How could this be? I’m just a nobody.”
It almost sounds humble at first until we realize that humility is seeing yourself how God sees you. No more. No less.
If God says you are important, then to respond by telling him we are not is telling God that he is wrong.
A quick way to tell how humble you are is to look at how you respond to compliments?
Many of us respond with false humility. Thinking we are humble, we immediately put ourselves down, focusing on all of our faults and failures. Or we reflect any attention on us and try to put it all on God, refusing to take the compliment.
Someone told me once that I did a great job preaching and trying to be humble; I responded, “It’s all God, not me.”
To my shock, they replied, “Well, it wasn’t that good. If it were all God, then it would have been way better than then that. There was definitely some of you in there.”
They smiled and laughed and gave me some good advice. “Just take the compliment when someone encourages you. You don’t have to deflect it on to God.”
Humility is hearing what God says over you and saying, “Thank you, I will agree with that.”
2. Where Do You Go to Hide?
When the day came to swear Saul in as King, he was gone!
1 Samuel 10: 22… But when they looked for him, he had disappeared! 22 So they asked the Lord, “Where is he?”
I picture a game show, “Saul! You are the King of Israel! COME ON DOWN!
*Awkward cough in the audience.
And the Lord replied, “He is hiding among the baggage.”
Saul tried to hide from the calling of God on his life by jumping into baggage.
When we are scared, stressed, or overwhelmed, we must pay attention to what we hide in.
When insecure, we will often surround ourselves with whatever we believe our value is. So what did Saul surround himself with?
Why? Because in his own eyes, he was little, nothing, baggage, and trash.
Rather than stepping up into the calling, we often step down into whatever we think we are worth.
Where we run when we are hurting reveals a lot about who we think we are. Where do you turn when you are hurting? Is it to a healthy place, or is do you hide amongst baggage?
If I believe I have value, then even when scared I will run to God, go to godly counsel, and surround myself with a community that can help me step into God’s call on my life.
Is it still scary? Yes.
But if God said I can do it, the most humble response is to believe I can do it with him.
If I do not believe I have value, when overwhelmed I will run, avoid, and hide amongst things that help me avoid my calling.
I will run to entertainment, absorb myself into the news, my job, or anything that helps me hide and avoid my fears.
Paying attention to where we run when hurting exposes the value we believe we have. Next time you are hurting or scared, run to God, and run to a community that can help pull you higher. You are worth it.
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3. How Do You Think Others View You?
Saul believes that he is from the most insignificant tribe in the nation, and he is in the least important family of that tribe.
In other words, I AM THE SMALLEST, MOST INSIGNIFICANT PERSON IN THE NATION! How could God choose me to be King?
We often project how we view ourselves onto how others must also view us.
If we are insecure about how we look, we assume everyone else sees it too. If we hate ourselves, we assume no one likes us. If we think we are a failure, then we believe everyone else agrees.
How often do we have imaginary assumptions of what others think or believe about us? Even though they never said a thing, we are sure they believe this about us!
Wherever I assume, I am revealing the insecurity I have. The issue is not everyone else. It is my self-worth.
We must no longer trust how we view ourselves. We must replace it with the truth of how God sees us.
The Truth: There is No One Like You
24 Then Samuel said to all the people, “This is the man the Lord has chosen as your King. No one in all Israel is like him!”
This is beautiful.
Saul saw insignificant trash. God saw a King.
This is the divine filter of God. We look so much different when we get filtered through his eyes, his grace, his cross.
We must too filter ourselves through God’s eyes, and realize God looks at you and says, “There is none like you!”
Ephesians 2:10 we are God’s masterpiece.
You are the very Masterpiece of God. You are not little or insignificant in his eyes.
It is time to stop running to lesser things when we feel insecure about who we are.
We must become humble, run to the Lord instead of baggage and start believing that we are who he says we are.