Are you trying to prove yourself?
Most of us are. Because of a deep insecurity, we try to prop up our egos by inventing identities like SuperMom, InvincibleMan, or my favorite – NeverFail. Peter said, “Even if all fall away, I will not.” (Mk 14:9) And then in a matter of hours, he did. This insecurity is a spiritual thing. It began in the Garden of Eden, when sin entered our souls. Trying to prove yourself won’t fix it. It can’t because, deep down, we know the truth beneath whatever mask we manufacture. We can only find peace when we discover that God is a Savior.
The Bible describes what happened when sin entered us; “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. They hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden,” (Gen 3:7-8) In other words, Adam and Eve tried to invent identities for themselves by sewing costumes because they had become ashamed of themselves. How sad. But it’s still going on today. Men pretend to be women, and vice-versa. Liars pretend to be truthful. Thieves pretend to be honest. And everyone pretends to be independent. But the ironic thing is that nobody’s fooled, least of all God. The good news of the gospel is that this God who isn’t fooled wants to rescue us from our fear and confusion. Instead of condemning us, He seeks us. Notice how He reacts to Adam and Eve’s sin; “The Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’.” (Gen 3:9) His first response to your failure is to seek you. Read that again. Even in your worst moments, He seeks you. He wants you. He wants to restore your broken connection with Him. That’s because He loves you – the real you, not the false identity you’re trying to create. Maybe you’ve been wearing a costume, hiding in a forest of roles and responsibilities, hoping to pass yourself off as something you aren’t. Give it up. It’s no good. Your soul can’t stand it. Let God find you, instead. There will be tears, for sure, but there will also be a great healing. In the end, the real you is meant to be a child of God, and that’s the best identity of all. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Lk 19:10) I’ll see you on Sunday. Be true!