Giving In To The System

by Neil Anderson

December 5

And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God
“Pastor, I’m a loser,” a high school boy told me dejectedly. He explained that he wanted to be a star football player, but had been cut from the team. Instead of being in the spotlight as an athlete, he had to settle for being a member of the pep band. And compared to star quarterbacks, clarinet players were losers at his school.
The largest group of people today respond to rejection like this boy did: by simply giving in to the system. They continue their efforts to try to earn approval, but the inevitable rejection by others prompts them to believe that they really are unlovable and rejectable. The system says that the best, the strongest, the most beautiful, and the most talented are “in.” Those who don’t fit those categories–which includes most of us–are “out,” and we succumb to society’s false judgment of our worth. As a result, a large segment of the population is plagued by feelings of worthlessness, inferiority and self-condemnation.
This person may have trouble relating to God. If he blames God for his state, it will be difficult to trust Him. “You made me a lowly clarinet player instead of a star quarterback,” he complains. “If I trust You with other areas of my life, how do I know You won’t make me a loser there too?”
By giving in to the system’s false judgment, this person can only look forward to more and more rejection. He has bought the lie and he even rejects himself. Therefore, any success or acceptance which comes his way will be questioned or doubted on the basis of what he already believes about himself.
God has not equally distributed gifts, talents or intelligence, but He has equally distributed Himself. Our sense of worth comes from knowing who we are as children of God. “See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are” (1 John 3:1).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for creating me the way You have and for making me Your child. I find my worth in You.
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  1. I (me, myself) am nothing.

    However, the omnipotent, creator God GAVE His most precious for ME. How absolutely incredible that the Son of God should become sin for ME and endure the wrath of the Father God poured out on Him as He paid the penalty for MY sin.

    It cost ME nothing to become a blood-bought, adopted child of the living God, but considering the ENORMITY of the cost to the triune God, I am PRECIOUS to Him.

    I am not worthy, but I am of immense worth. I am indwelt by God Himself.

    As such, it is my PRIVILEGE to count myself as dead to self and alive to God. I belong to Him – and that is NOT a negative, because He loves me with an everlasting love and only desires the very, very, very best for me.

    What an amazing God!

Luke 21:36 "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

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