Becoming Superior

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything has become new!      2 Corinthians 5:17 NRSV

Question Mark Key on Computer Keyboard One of the questions psychologists have probed for ages is what is the most basic human drive. Freud believed it was the desire for sensual pleasure. American humanists believed it was the drive to grow, to reach our full potential.

Then there was Alfred Alder. He thought that we were all striving for superiority. By that he meant we all wanted to feel competent. Those who failed to achieved a sense of competence would suffer from an inferiority complex, which really is nothing more than feeling incompetent.

You would think that if a person felt inferior, that person would do whatever they could to gain a sense of competence. But the interesting thing was that Adler believed inferior feeling people don’t really try to become superior, they wrap MP900289749[1]themselves in the trappings of success. I describe these people as all flash and no dash. Every time they see you, they flash something at you. It might be a new car, jewelry, a promotion, or any sign of success they can come up with.

How sad to feel like a failure, and to spend your life trying to look like something you are not. Thankfully, as Jesus’ followers we don’t have to depend on our achievements, or successes to feel competent, worthwhile and valued. We don’t have to wrap ourselves in the trappings of success to let others know we are someone of value.

MP900409729[1] Our identity comes from being new creatures in Christ. Our value comes from knowing that God loved us so much that he gave his only son for us. Our sense of competence is grounded in the conviction that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!

We are the people God is making us to be, and our lives are in Jesus’ hands. That is our confidence, and that is the faith that drives us on!



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