Whether you are young or old, the question of self-worth is one that has plagued not only our society but the Lord’s church as well. We often believe this to be an issue for young people, but when we consider what this question is really asking, we see that it has a much deeper meaning than just classic teen drama. A person is doubting his own self-worth when he asks, “Am I good enough?”
I know that we live in a world in which you get an award just for showing up, but self-confidence is a real issue. Many throughout this world are living a life that is empty, even though they have a heavenly Father who cares about them more than they could imagine. Being humble doesn’t mean beating ourselves up all the time and thinking that we are being haughty if we recognize our talents. Romans 12:3 states, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Paul wrote encouraging the church in Rome to not think more highly of themselves than they should. There is, however, a sense of self-worth that the Lord expects us to have.
This world continues to batter us with distractions, and many times we allow these distractions to lure us off the path that we should follow. We talk all the time about how Hollywood or our devices have destroyed us and how we should do something about it. Far too often, however, we are all talk and no action. We talk like Christians, but our actions could not be farther from God. We must always remember that our Christianity is not a social status, but our life. We must put God first. This matter of self-worth is easy to solve if we truly put God first.
More often than not, we try to compare ourselves to our peers rather than to God. In 2 Corinthians 10:12, Paul tells the church in Corinth that they are not wise if they compare themselves to those around them. Why would we want to be like a group of people who don’t even care who we are? It doesn’t make sense, does it? We must always remember that we are precious to God and he wants us more than we could ever want to be like the world. Whenever we ask this question, we must remember that the Lord died for us. Let us always remember our worth.