Have you ever run passed a window naked? or worse, not realized there was a window?
The truth is, you don’t want people to see your birthday suit. It’s embarrassing.
Yet this is precisely what many of us do in the morning – we leave the house forgetting to get dressed spiritually, confident in our self-worth. The sad thing is, it can ruin our entire day.
We feel wrong, because we’ve forgotten that God has made us right.
If we don’t aggressively remind ourselves that our self-worth comes from God, we can go through the whole day feeling uneasy. Weighed down. Lacking the motivation we need.
It’s very challenging, dare I say impossible – to move forward with our dreams if we are constantly feeling bad about ourselves. Before we leave the house in the morning, we MUST put on this one key article of clothing – our righteousness.
Ephesians 6:14 says to: “put on the breastplate of Righteousness”.
While we often wait to “feel good about ourselves” the Bible tells us differently, that our Righteousness has come already through Jesus. And we must put it on, no one will do it for us.
HOW CAN I BE RIGHTEOUS WHEN I HAVEN’T DONE EVERYTHING RIGHT?
I’ve often wondered this. The essence of this mystery is brilliant – because it’s actually not about you at all.
You are righteous because God decided to make you righteousness! It wasn’t up to you. He didn’t even bother to consult you. God in all His God-ness has the right to override your feelings, your considerations, and your input.
Yeah, Gabriel told Him you didn’t feel deserving, but He went ahead and decided ANYWAY to declare you righteous.
- There’s no use in fighting it.
- No use in pretending you’re not worthy anymore.
- No sense in feeling so guilty all the time.
So release the shame, the condemnation, the “icky feeling” – because YOU are right with God through Jesus! Yes, I’m talking to YOU.
THREE KEYS TO UNSTOPPABLE SELF-WORTH:
1. GO AHEAD AND “PICK YOURSELF”
Often we are waiting for someone else to “pick us”. We wait on the sidelines of life, like in elementary school Gym class, longing to be picked on the Dodge-ball team. Let me help you: No one is going to pick you. You have to realize God already chosen you – so go ahead and pick yourself.
2. REALIZE IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU
We often fail to walk in unstoppable self-worth, because we are trying to ‘earn it’ from God. Your self-worth is based on the blood of Jesus, and the perfect sacrifice He gave. To walk around in guilt and condemnation, is now a total waste of your time and energy. Righteousness is now a condition you’re in, not a medal to be won.
3. YOU DON’T HAVE TO FEEL CONFIDENT TO BE CONFIDENT
Often we’re waiting to “feel it” before we act “worth it”. The great thing is we don’t have to live life based on our feelings anymore. Sometimes THIS is the ultimate act of faith – acting confident and full of self-worth, when you feel like it the least. Put your shoulders back, your head up high – you’re in right standing with God today!
UP NEXT WEEK: Inflict Damage to the Enemy in Stiletto Heels.
What do you do to get ready in the morning? Share any tips for the rest of us to glean from!