The Problem of Inferiority: Part 2
By: Mike Stokes
We have looked at three examples; Moses, Jeremiah, and Amos, who struggled with inferiority. In the New Testament we find statements that clearly articulate principles learned from these men:
Regarding the Lord’s estimation of you:
In (Matt. 29-31) Christ considers you a person of great worth;
Regarding God’s estimation of you:
The father is at work within us (Ephesians 2: 10), “Workmanship” refers to the spiritual part of us, not the physical, (Philippians 1: 6) suggest he will not be finished with us until we are in his presence;
Regarding the churches’ estimation of you:
Look at what Paul said in (1 Corinthians 12: 12-18, 21-22), persons in the church we might regard as least important, he says are the ones we really need;
Regarding your estimation of yourself:
Consider (Romans 12: 3), his advise is both positive and negative, we should view ourselves not as all important, neither totally insignificant; but a realistic appraisal.
Pulling all this together we can reduce our thoughts to four statements which gives us a prescription for dealing with the problem of inferiority:
(1) Realize you were prescribed before birth. (Psalms 139: 13-16)
This is a very intriguing passage, it is like David is looking into a microscope and with a fiber-optic probe in the hands of the Holy Spirit, reveals some innermost secrets in the womb. So, it is neither mother nor mother nature who formed the miracle in the womb, it is God alone.
(2) Remember that the process of growth is still going on.
(3) Refuse to compare yourself with others.
That will cause problems not only for yourself, but for others as well. All of us are different; when the Bible speaks of unity, that is not the same as uniformity.
(4) Respond correctly to your shortcomings.
All of us are human, mistakes are part of the process, sometimes we forget that; maybe that is why the Psalmist said, “He remembers that we are dust” (psalms 103: 14). God loves you for who you are.