Don’t Let the Insecurity Bugs Bite! (Addressing Insecurity)
“I bet I can do better than her, Lord,” says Christian A.
“I hope he can just keep his faithfulness to himself,” mumbles in his heart by Christian B.
Insecurity bugs. These are invisible bugs that find a resting place in a believer when he/she turns his/her undivided attention from God to his/her brethren. It’s better to forget what came first, the egg or the chicken, as long as we don’t forget that our fellow Christians is not an object of insecurity and scrutiny.
We need to refuse to bring that sinful habit of ours into our new life in Christ. We are no longer in a race to put ourselves ahead, we are now running a God centered race. We are now living for Christ and inflated egos and pride have no place in His kingdom.
Stop Comparing. Don’t Even Start.
Let’s say Christian A has been entrusted by the Lord to do this kind of ministry and you with another. Don’t compare whose ministry is better or who will get more attention, that’s the first step to fight the insecurity bugs. Focus on your work for the Lord and pray that your brethren will also focus on his.
It’s ridiculous how much we compare each other. And it’s not just about ministries or faithfulness anymore. We even go as far as to compare our blessings, talents, and even looks. Comparison is an indirect way of saying to God, “It’s not enough Lord, and I need more.”
Just because what we have is not the same as what our brethren have doesn’t mean that theirs are better nor does it mean that ours are. We are not in a competition against each other, we are running the same race together.
Love One Another As I Have Loved You--Jesus
Take it from the very words of Jesus. Notice that He says, “…as I have loved you,” it means we are to love the way He loves us not the way we love. Because to be honest we are not good lovers. We didn’t even know what Love was ‘til Love found us.
Jesus came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10). He is the Seeker; we are the ones who are running. —R.C. Sproul
"For by Grace you are saved, through Faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."-Ephesians 2:8-9"
As far as I can remember, Jesus never once compared Himself to anyone, nor did He compared His apostles with each other. We are to do the same as Jesus, right? Let’s not deceive ourselves into thinking that it is an impossible task. Remember that nothing is impossible with God. Besides, He has already shown us how to love and He continually shows His love for us day after day. There’s really nothing impossible, only disobedience. Indeed, it can be quite challenging knowing that we are not lovable creatures but we are saved creatures. God is in us, enabling us to do what He wants us to do.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”-John 14:15
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”- John 13:34-35
Let us then make it a habit to examine our love for one another because we might be in need of a pest control.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Insecurity bugs hate rejoicing hearts. They can’t stand it and don’t want to do anything with it. Giving thanks and praise to God is not just to repel insecurity bugs but it is an act of worship and love to our Heavenly Father.
We don’t just do it for our brethren, we do it first for God. By doing so, we shall reap its fruits—including a bug free heart! The verse also says to pray without ceasing, so let’s pray without ceasing! Let’s abide in God’s will, be filled with thanksgiving and remain steadfast in prayer!
Another helpful habit is to give thanks to God, not only for His blessing to us, but also for the blessings He has given to our brethren. Let’s be happy for one another, pray for one another and love one another as He has loved us.
Isn’t it better to be holding hands with our eyes fixed on God, than clenched fists aimed at one another? It is definitely better because it glorifies our God.
I guess that’s all that my article has to say, so, goodbye and don’t let the insecurity bugs bite! =0)
SOLI DEO GLORIA