Battling the Blahs - Part 6
Easy trap, difficult to escape -- the comparison game
◆ “Battling the Blahs”
◆ A low sense of self worth
I. Our struggle with self worth
A. James Dobson:
“A little child is born with an irrepressible inclination to question his own worth; it is as ‘natural’ as his urge to walk and talk. At first, it is a primitive assessment of his place in the home, and then it extends outward to his early social contacts beyond the front door. These initial impressions of who he is have a profound effect on his developing personality, particularly if the experiences are painful.. It is not uncommon for a pre-kindergartner to have concluded already that is terribly ugly, incredibly dumb, unloved, unneeded, foolish, or strange.”
B. And it doesn’t end with Kindergarten
C. The story of Zacchaeus – Luke 19:1-10
1Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 5When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’” 8But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 9Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
D. Two strikes against Zacchaeus
E. Just when you thought that it was time for “Strike Three!”
II. Lessons for those who dare to compare and struggle with self worth.
A. Lesson one: You are ________________ than you think you are
1. Psalm 8:3-8
3When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? 5You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: 7all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, 8the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
2. You’re one of a kind!
B. Lesson Two: There is even _____________________ you can be, but only will be, with Jesus.
1. John 14:12
12I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
2. You can be a channel for blessing too!
◆ Jesus’ invitation to you…
◆ In closing…