Under Assured?

As big of a problem as being over-assured in something can be (for all the wrong reasons), being under-assured is equally is crippling.  We have all had times were we just weren’t very confident in something.  That lack of confidence can be poisonous.  

In our Bible text this week  (http://www.esvbible.org/Mark%2010%3A17-31/), let’s focus in on verses 24, 26 & 28:

[23] And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” [24] And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is [for those who trust in riches] to enter the kingdom of God! [25] It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 

[26] And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” [27] Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” [28] Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you (What then will we have?).”

First, the disciples were amazed at the words of Jesus because they saw a ‘successful’ man walking away empty-handed and it didn’t make sense to them.  Their natural question would have been a comparison against this rich person.  Comparison is a fabulous tool of the enemy to keep a person un-confident and under-assured.  Energy spent comparing is energy God has given you to spent serving.  

After Jesus repeated His teaching about the difficulty for the person to enter the kingdom when trusting in riches, the disciples show a continued struggle with the question ‘Then who can be saved?’  They are feeling the impossibility of measuring up.  They are looking at things with man’s eyes rather than spiritual sight.  This is why Jesus tells them of the impossibility with man but the beautiful ‘all things are possible with God’.  Under-assured folks see the impossible in most everything.  They feel ill-equipped and under-prepared no matter the situation.  They sell themselves short and they can sell God short too!  

Lastly, Peter asks the under assured question (borrowing from the same account in Matthew 19) of ‘See, we have left everything.  What then will we have?’  Here, I see the under-assured attribute of ‘assumed invisibility’.  I hear the quiet worry of ‘God, do you see me?’  A worry that you are not on God’s radar is a dangerous place to be.  Why?  Not only does this make us under-assured that our Great Heavenly Father knows every good detail of our life but it also convinces us that we can go about our life without accountability or worry.  Sin creeps at that door.  

An under-assured person deals with much depression and worry.  They fear ‘they are not enough’.  It is a subtle change but a powerful one, to say that ‘I’m not enough…God knew this and gave me His salvation and His Holy Spirit…nothing is impossible for God…therefore I can live with great assurance in Him.  

Here is a great verse to remember that can stick to the problem of under-assurance: 

1 John 5:13-15 These things have I written to you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us: And if we know that he hear us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Do you struggle with a lack of confidence or assurance in who you are In Christ? 

Does under-assurance keep you from experiencing the abundant life that God has promised to you as His child? (John 10:10)

Is it time to gain (once and for all) the assurance in the love that God has for you through Christ so that you can walk confidently in your place and identity in Him?