Main Scripture: Luke 5 verse 8: When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” (NIV)
I recently learnt that there is nothing more annoying than people who act like they have arrived. Superiority is man made because there is no way any of us can ever be perfect. Progression is attractive, not just to those around you but it draws your goals closer to you. Trust me, they see you approaching. With each step we take towards the peak of our different mountains, we usually focus how far we have to go as opposed to how far we have come. Peter is found in this predicament.
It’s human nature to get caught up in our inadequacy and forget to look at how far God has taken us. This can even distract us from the greater plan he has for us (Jeremiah 29:11). Yes, you too! In the main scripture, Peter was about to get an upgrade from merely catching fish to the office fisher of men; a disciple with a personal relationship with Christ in His immediate entourage!
The point is not for us to lose sight of how great a God we serve and not be in awe of this fact. However, that reverence of God should go hand in hand with the assurance that God is so close to each one of us:
1) He’s a father to the fatherless (Psalms 68:5)
2) the Holy Spirit resides in us (John 14:26)
3) He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24)
Giving ourselves to the Lord completely and recognizing how He took our unworthiness which we had gained through sin by dying for us on the cross should not make us lose our self-worth. Instead, we should find it in our creator who made the Earth and then put us in dominion over it. He said you were fearfully and wonderfully made and knew you even before you were formed (Psalms 139).
FIND YOUR WORTH IN GOD, may sin not imprison you to the point where it defines you and you want God to distance Himself from you. There is no condemnation in Christ (Romans 8:1). Instead, the moment you sin, you should run back to your Father whose guarantee is that He will always receive you with open arms. Stop letting sin deceive you into running away from God when you should, in fact, run towards Him (Luke 15:19-20).
We’ve all made mistakes and I know first-hand that public backlash is far less damaging than harbouring resentment towards yourself. I know that people have probably said nasty things, repeated them countless times, left you feeling broken to the point that you can almost see fragments of yourself scattered on the floor, but believe me, YOU ARE WORTHY BY SHEER VIRTUE OF BEING A CHILD OF GOD, it’s that simple!
If you can rehearse, “I’m fearfully and wonderfully made”, daily, until you believe it, I can’t begin to describe the huge difference it will make in your life.