Yet You made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:5
I never was really good at it. I’m not really sure where it all started. My wife Judy will occasionally ask me, “So where did it come from?” And, my answer, is always the same, “I just don’t know.” That thing, that “it”, is the issue of low self-esteem. Now, in a world where too many people think too much of themselves, you might think that is a virtue…but it’s not. In a world that could use a healthy dose of humility, you might think that is something to be valued…but it’s not. In fact, someone once said whether you are thinking too much of yourself or too little…you are still thinking of yourself and that is called pride.
But the real problem with a low view of ourselves is that we find it is in direct conflict with God’s view. Now don’t let this go to your head…but He is pretty keen on you. He thought so much of you and so desired a relationship with you, that He sent His Son on a mission to die for the sins of the whole world—including you. Now that is amazing. So even though I often doubt myself—God never does. Even though I often think I can’t, He believes I can. And even though I was always the last chosen for the team, He picks me every time…and not last.
A guy named Matt Tullos wrote a story about all the reasons that God could have used not to choose us…and there are a lot. But it is comforting to know that most everyone He used in the Bible was broken, flawed, or scarred. I mean, I know we all are, but some of these folks were real, excuse me, losers. Look at this list from Matt’s story.
“There are many reasons why God shouldn’t have called you to be His child. But don’t worry. You’re in good company. Moses stuttered. David was too small, and his armor didn’t fit. John Mark was a quitter and was rejected by Paul. Timothy had ulcers. Hosea’s wife was a prostitute. Amos’ only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning. Jacob was a liar. David had an affair.
Solomon was too rich. Abraham was too old. David was too young. Peter was afraid of death. Lazarus was dead. John was self-righteous. Naomi was a widow. Paul was a murderer. So was Moses. Jonah ran from God. Miriam was a gossip. Gideon and Thomas both doubted. Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal. Elijah was burned out. John the Baptist was a loudmouth. Martha was a worrywart. Mary was lazy. Samson had long hair. Noah got drunk. Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse? So did Peter, Paul–well, lots of folks did.
But God doesn’t require a job interview. He doesn’t hire and fire like most bosses, because He’s more our Father than our Boss. He doesn’t look at financial gain or loss. He’s not prejudiced or partial, not judging, grudging, sassy, or brassy, not deaf to our cry, not blind to our need. As much as we try, God’s gifts are free. We could do wonderful things for wonderful people and still not be….wonderful. Satan says, “You’re not worthy.” Jesus says, “So what? I am.” Satan looks back and sees our mistakes. God looks back and sees the cross. He doesn’t calculate what you did in ‘78. It’s not even on the record.”
I like that a lot. Matt’s got one more thing to say. He says, “Sure. There are lots of reasons why God shouldn’t call us to be His child…. to serve. But if we are magically in love with Him, if we hunger for Him more than our next breath, He’ll use us in spite of who we are, where we’ve been, or what we look like. Whether we are pastors, missionaries, teachers, deacons, ushers, or nursery workers, we should step out of our limitations into the limitless nature of who God is. Then our passion for God and our passion to communicate Him will make mincemeat of our limitations.”
How incredible is all of that. Let me shock you with what God’s word says about you. It says of us, “Yet You [God] made them [that would be us] only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.” Wow! So today, let’s tackle the day like we believe what God believes about us. Let’s charge forward like the starting quarterback that God says we are. No, we are not perfect, not even close, but we do have a King who is. And if are Jesus followers, well, our Dearest Daddy longs to whisper in our ears, “I love you, I believe in you and no matter what, “I’ve got this.” Bro. Dewayne