Secure in Christ - Part 1
Have you ever known an insecure person? We’ve all had interactions with such people. There are usually two types of individuals who fall prey to this emotional state. The first are more passive. Emotionally frazzled and needy, they can be hard to approach. Their obsessions over the opinions of others, and their seeming unending need for validation, can be overwhelming. The second group is more active. They boast, manipulate, and brag, working hard to convince themselves, and others, of their worth. Sometimes such people do well, by worldly standards. Their need for approval drives them to succeed.
While insecurity is an ugly thing, it can be overcome. The Bible provides principles which serve as both a diagnosis and prognosis. By understanding several key truths, we can be better equipped to overcome the inner-pulls which often make us insecure.
Insecurity is a fact of life.
Some talk about insecure people as if they never struggle themselves. “He or she is so insecure!”, they might say, never understanding their own inadequacy. The truth of Scripture is this — we are all insecure. Because of Adam and Eve’s initial transgression in the Garden of Eden, all of humanity is on edge (see Genesis 3:1-7). Sin has made us scared. We are all like our first parents, hiding from God (see Genesis 3:8) and blaming each other (see Genesis 3:12). Sure, some of us are better at dealing with our neediness, but none of us are totally secure and sufficient of ourselves.
People deal with insecurity in different ways.
When it comes to insecurity, the question isn’t whether or not you are insecure. The questions is this — “How do you deal with your insecurity?” Most people try to fill the void in their heart with either one, or a mix, of the three primary values of this world’s value system — possessions, pleasures, promotion of self (see 1 John 2:16).
Christ can give us security.
Those who know Christ know security. Because they have experienced true love and life (see John 10:10 and 17:1), they have a qualitatively better type of existence. God has promised to meet all of their needs, both materially, emotionally, and spiritually (see Matthew 6:25-34; Philippians 4:19; and 1 Peter 1:3). What’s more — believers are promised that God will never turn His back on them (see John 10:28 and Ephesians 1:13). Those who are in Christ have everlasting security!
We have to put it into practice.
Though we are secure in Christ, we have to practically apply the truths of Christ to personally experience that security. At times, even the best of believers will have twinges of doubt. Self-inadequacy will tug at the soul. Difficult people and circumstances will make us unsure of ourselves and our God. The world, the flesh and the Devil will make us struggle. To overcome, we must keep believing what’s true. Faith in God’s Word is what gives us victory over personal insecurity (see Galatians 2:20 and 1 John 5:4). Whenever you are tempted to believe lies, take a spiritual time out. Pray. Remember truth. Assess your worth on the basis of who you are in Christ. Insecurity vanishes in the presence of Jesus.
Dr. Patrick Latham