The end of one year and start of another can offer the opportunity for insecurity to rear its head. Maybe the last year didn’t go as you’d hoped, so you’re facing the new year fearing more of the same, and that’s unsettling.
In a performance-driven culture, where praise is often ascribed to those who appear to have their lives the most ‘together,’ a person’s failings and lack of achievements may cry out to accuse them. We can tend to define ourselves more by our achievements, or lack thereof, than by the way God defines us. And what can that lead to? Insecurity.
But despite the unpleasantness of feeling insecure, it can also be a great guide, leading us to the one place where lasting security is found: in the love of Jesus.
When we feel insecure, God is inviting us to escape the danger of false beliefs about who we are, why we’re here, what we should do, and what we’re worth, and to find peaceful refuge in what he says about all those things.
The more we understand the gospel of Jesus Christ, the more we find it is the end of insecurity — not the perfect end in this age, but the increasing and ultimate end.
- Have we sinned and sinned greatly? In Christ “we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:14).
- Do we feel like orphans, strangers, and aliens? In Christ we have been adopted by God to be his children and are now members of his household and heirs of all things with Christ (Ephesians 1:5; 2:19; Romans 8:17).
- Do we feel like miserable failures? In Christ, almost incredibly, every failure will work for an ultimate good (Romans 8:28).
- Do we feel weak and inadequate? In Christ God loves to choose the weak and foolish things because, when we are weak, he promises that his grace will be sufficient for us — so much so that we can learn to boast in our weaknesses because of how they showcase his strength (1 Corinthians 1:27–31; 2 Corinthians 12:9–10)!
- Do we feel insignificant and unimportant? In Christ we were chosen by God (John 15:16), who purposefully assigned us a unique and needed function in his body (1 Corinthians 12:18).
Do you struggle to put insecurity to rest? Ask yourself where you’re seeking security. Is it in your achievements? In the approval of others? Is your life centered around making much of Jesus, or much of yourself? The former is a wellspring of comfort, while the latter will leave you feeling inadequate.
If this topic hits home for you, I recommend reading the full story from John Bloom that I quoted above, titled “Lay Aside the Weight of Insecurity.” May it prove a blessing of gospel refreshment to your soul.