In my last post I asked whether we are really worth dying for. I concluded that Jesus died for us not because of our own worth, but because of his love. To go further: Christ didn’t die because of my worth; my worth is found in Christ’s death. My worth is found not in myself but in Christ.
Jeremy Pierre addresses this issue of worth in his post on insecurity. Insecurity is the failure to grasp our worth, but the critical issue is where do we find our worth. He compares our culture’s view of insecurity with God’s view:
Our cultural instructors disapprove of our insecurity because it is an offense to individual worthiness. God disapproves of our insecurity because it is an offense to his Son’s worthiness.
And it is His Son’s worth that gives us worth. Pierre goes on to point out four reasons that insecurity is sinful:
- Insecurity keeps us from loving God and others because we are too distracted with self.
- Insecurity indicates a dissatisfaction with God.
- Insecurity reveals a desire for justification from people rather than God.
- Insecurity shows that we are still seeking justification from works.
So we need to flee insecurity, but not by clinging to some sense of our own self-worth. Rather we need to “abandon finding our worth in anything other than Christ and his redemptive work on our behalf.”
You can read Pierre’s entire post here.