For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need. Philippians 4:13 NLT
Donned in my walking attire, I looked at my wife and said, “Anyone who can wear this is secure in themselves.”
Lately, I’ve been trying to walk off Christmas and New Year’s extra pounds. And since walking is good exercise, I decided to continue the practice beyond the holidays. On this particular day, I dressed in the clothes I intended to wear for my afternoon walk. My wife took one look and said, “That’s a hot mess.” My pants had stripes, and my jacket had checks. I topped off my outfit with a striped Fedora hat. As I huffed through our subdivision, I really didn’t care what anyone else thought about my outfit—but that hasn’t always been true.
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When I was a young lad, my appearance caused me great insecurity. Skinny. Freckle faced. Shy. Glasses. Somewhere along the line, I stopped caring what others thought and became secure in whom I was.
Paul had many reasons to be insecure after choosing to follow Christ. He was hounded frequently by unbelievers who would have loved nothing better than to destroy his ministry. The multiple trials he faced also added to his precarious situation. But he was confident. His example has important principles to follow.
Be secure in your identity.
The Bible calls me a “saint.” The last time I checked, I was far from sainthood, but in Christ that’s my position. When I trusted Christ as my Savior and received His forgiveness for all my sins, I traded in the label of “sinner.” Though I still sin, it’s not the pattern of my life, nor does it have to be. The indwelling power of the Holy Spirit gives me power to life above sin on a regular basis.
Be secure in your life situation.
Paul experienced good times and bad times. He established many churches and witnessed thousands trust Christ as their Savior, but he also experienced patience-trying and life-threatening situations. Yet he was secure. In another place, he wrote, I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. Learning that lesson isn’t easy or quick, but when I’ve mastered it, unpleasant situations won’t cause me to feel insecure.
Be secure in your gifts.
God gives all believers at least one gift of the Spirit, but most have more. My responsibility is to use it (or them) wisely, faithfully, and in ways that honor the God who gave them. His gifts give me the opportunity to live life abundantly and at the same time assist in enlarging His Kingdom on earth.
Is your life hounded by insecurities? God can empower you to overcome them.
Martin lives in Greenwood, SC, and is the founder of Love Lines from God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com). He is an author, minister, and freelance editor who understands believers’ struggles. His most recent book, Grits & Grace & God, is available on Amazon.