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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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Remember Who You Are

To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6 NRSV

MP900403330[1] One of my favorite Disney movies is the Lion King. I especially like the moment the lost lion hears the voice of his father telling him, “Remember who you are.” That moment transformed his life and destiny.

Before that encounter, the young lion had run away from home, sold himself short and ignored his calling. Immediately after it, he began to remember who he really was, and fought to regain his rightful place in the circle of life.

MP900385315[1] When Paul writes the Romans, he asks them to do something very similar. He asks them to remember who they are, what Christ has done for them, and the certain promise they have of a glorious future. I imagine Paul believes that if they realize the truth, they will step up to the plate and answer the high calling of Christ. They will stop wandering, worrying and wasting time, and start becoming the people God created them to be!

Not all of us feel as lost as the young lion who was to be king.  But all of us have times when we lose sight of what is most important. Our perspective gets clouded and our feelings start to toss us around.

Today’s video uses the ideas shared in Romans 8 to encourage us to remember who we are, and what Christ has done for us. Take a moment to enjoy it’s message. Click here to view it.

Then, be the person Christ is calling you to be!

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MP900442449[1] When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Have you ever wondered how God sees you? Today’s video uses paraphrased Scripture and a collage of snapshots to give us a look at what God sees when God looks at us.

Just click here and let the truth of God’s Word give you a new perspective on who you are, and where you are going! Then step forward in faith to become the person God created you to be!