Originally published Tuesday, 26 February 2013.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, Jesus gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. Matthew 14:19-20 (NIV)
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I grab stuff because don’t want to miss out.
I’m insecure like that.
This means if someone comes along handing out free stuff I have to get in there (and quickly) before I miss out.
Insecurity can make us do stupid things.
Instead of waiting for the real thing we grab the sample products and then wish we’d waited for the genuine article.
Jesus didn’t grab things for himself.
Just think what would have happened in Matthew 14:13-21 if when Jesus fed the 5000 he said: “You take those four loaves and one fish. I need the other loaf and fish or I won’t have the strength to preach.”
Jesus didn’t do that because he was secure.
Jesus didn’t think he was going to miss out on anything.
He was sure that God wasn’t going to let him miss out on any good thing. Jesus was confident in the fact that his Father would give and do all that he had promised.
I want to be secure like that. Don’t you?
I think Jesus wants me to be secure like that too.
Insecurity appears when you are scared of missing out, when you are afraid you won’t be liked, when you are terrified of being rejected for being yourself.
Security comes when you know God won’t let you miss out, Jesus really likes you and there is nothing you can do to be rejected by him.
I'm learning that I need to decide that this is who I am: looked after, liked and unconditionally loved by God.
That is who you are too!
We may forget it sometimes, we may grab the odd sample product, but insecure actions from time-to-time don’t mean God isn’t still looking out for you, liking you and loving on you like crazy.
Now go out there and live like you know who you are.
You are looked after, liked and unconditionally loved by God. Nothing will ever change that.
Do you believe that God will look after you, that Jesus likes you and that you are unconditionally loved? What can you change to become more secure?
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