Am I Less Than...
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
I am not less than…
Last week I had taken a co-worker to dinner that was to be reimbursed by the company where I work. We went to a moderately priced steakhouse, and the food was good, the service was nice, and we had a relaxing visit. The next morning, I was asked where we went for dinner. When I mentioned where, I was teased because it was not an expensive restaurant. If the company was paying, I should have gone to a restaurant that was much more expensive. I chose the restaurant because it was convenient, had good steaks, and I prefer to spend the company money the same way I would my own. I don’t believe in getting bigger and better because it is on someone else’s dime.
For the past week, this has been bothering me because I feel as if those who were giving me a hard time feel that I am less than them because I enjoy the inexpensive things in life. The devil has been telling me most of my life that I am less than for many reasons…these days I feel less than because I don’t have an expensive designer bag…that I am less than because I live in an apartment and don’t own a house…that I am less than because I drive an economic small car and not a luxury vehicle…that I am less than because I enjoy the cheaper things in life…that I am less than because I am single…that I am less than because I am not fit…that I am less than because I am not tall, thin, beautiful…that I am less than because I shop at discount stores instead of the Galleria…that I am less than because I am me.
I have recently learned to ask one important question when I am concerned about a specific problem. “Who told you that?” with an explanation that if it is from God, there will be scripture that supports it. I decided to apply this question to my circumstances. Who told me that I am less than and is there scripture that supports it?
The way I was teased made me feel as if the people teasing me were telling me specifically I was less than. Technically they did not say those specific words, but it made me feel inadequate. If that was their intention, which I do not think it was, who told THEM that? Did it come from God? So I turned to the scriptures.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God what is good and acceptable and perfect.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
But to all who did receive Him, who believe in His name, He gave the right to become children of God
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 10:12
We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.
The images of their gods you are to burn in the fire. Do not cover the silver and gold on them, and do not take it for yourselves, or you will be ensnared by it for it is detestable to the Lord your God.
Looking at these verses, I realize first of all that I am blessed by God and that I am not less than because I have been saved by Christ. I try to be honest to myself, and I have to be honest with God because He already knows the truth. To be someone I am not, is a disservice to who God made me to be me. Do people look down on me? It doesn’t matter if they do or not. Their opinions are none of my business. Do I like going to expensive restaurants? Sometimes I do, but I am just as comfortable at a fast food restaurant or a pizza joint. I am just as happy eating a hamburger as I am eating prime rib. I am just as happy shopping at discount stores as I am shopping at the designer boutiques. The things I own and the things I surround myself with will not go with me when I die, so why should I beat myself up for what I don’t have.
Am I less of a person because I am single? Am I less of a person because I have tried marriage twice and failed both times? I don’t need another person to complete me, I only need God. God is more than willing to fill in the void that I tried to fill with two failed marriages. Am I less of a person because I am short, overweight, and starting to show my age? God made me this way. He made me in His image. I am MORE than because I am a child of God. I am MORE than because of who God made me. I am MORE than when I am who God created me to be and not when I am trying to compete with other people.
You desire but you do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.”
I am learning to be happy with who I am and not allow the opinions of others to cause me to feel inadequate. I am learning not to compare my lot in life with theirs. I am learning to allow God to fill the voids in my life and I am happy with where I am. I am happy with who I am. I am happy with my God and who God made me to be. I am loved by the Great I AM! I am cherished by the Great I AM. For God so loved ME that He gave His one and only Son, that if I believe in Him I shall not perish but have eternal life. (Paraphrase mine)