Have you ever thought that your insecurity is actually a gift?
“Whoa, slow down there, Missy...” you might be saying, thinking I am a bit bold to put a label on that part of your life. And, yes – it is bold to bring out what you would normally try to cover up. But I hope that this subject will actually be something that can cause what is “dishonorable” in your mind to be a blessing for your brothers and sisters in Christ. What I mean to say clearly is that yes, even your insecurities can be something God redeems for His glorious purpose! It is never for nothing.
This blog post was prompted by a conversation I was having with a friend about our insecurities in our personalities. In a world that is so enthralled with personality tests, self-care, and career-driven identities, it is so easy to look at your personality and make it something that is centered on you. But what do you do with the things in yourself you are not proud of? What happens with the areas that are not presentable? In our culture, they are hidden, put away, and covered up. Our fleshly nature is so self-driven that if something is not building your reputation in the way you want it to, it’s best to not be brought up at all. But friend, this is not the perspective that God has over the weak areas of your life. As believers, our minds must be transformed to think the way He does in this area.
Your insecurity should not cause you to shrink into yourself but to be passionate about the body of Christ. I have always hated that my mind is not as fast as my mouth wants it to be. I have always wanted to be that person who is able to say something witty or keen in the middle of a conversation that would cause my companions to respect me or laugh at my charm, but that is where Emily’s weakness comes in. My inability causes me to look inward when as a believer it can actually be the prompt to appreciate and love each member of the body more deeply. We don’t function as an example of Christ alone! We function working alongside each other with both our strengths and our weaknesses. We as a WHOLE are a display of Christ. Where I am weak, you may be strong and if we join in God’s purposes together – our lives display what only the Spirit can do. Unity within differences.
What if I didn’t draw away when feeling my weakness like my flesh wants to and instead ask for my brother or sister to join me where they are strong? Or instead of being inward about how I don’t naturally do one thing well, I use my ability to observe it in others and encourage them in their God-given talent do what I can’t! Then my life is not bearing the fruit of selfish thinking, but it is using my weakness to build up the body in love. That is when your insecurity can be a gift. When it is used outwardly. Your lack could be in many different areas of life, but there is nothing too low to be used to glorify our God’s redeeming nature.
Your insecurity has value. It may, in the flesh, be that thing that causes you to stumble the most, but in the Spirit, it can be the single most powerful tool that God uses to encourage and bless the body of Christ. We should be marked by the Spirit of God and the Spirit humbles and edifies using even our weak things to bring forth strength.
So brother or sister, remember who created you and that He didn’t mess up by putting weak areas in your life. It is those areas that give you a chance to need other members of the body and be a display of Christ. Embrace them, thank Him for them, and let them cause you to join your brothers and sisters in life with words and actions that build up. You display the nature of God by being different yet being one! Can you see that even the weak things have an extremely important purpose?!
1 Corinthians 12:21-26
“The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.“
1 Corinthians 1:27-29
“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.“
2 Corinthians 12:9
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.“
2 Corinthians 4:7
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.“