Your significance is in Jesus
'For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.' Matthew 11:30 NIV
If we don't find our significance in our relationship with Jesus, we'll allow other things to give us our self-worth. We'll allow insecurity to rule our lives. We may become people pleasers or become resentful when others seem to get ahead of us in life.
In God's Kingdom we don't achieve success on our own, we receive it from God. While David's brothers were striving to be Israel's next king, David kept tending his sheep and doing the job God gave him. We can be tempted to start competing and comparing, but we just need to stay faithful to our own personal journey. When the time is right, he'll use us. He has a plan for us all. We can't compare our journey with others because they're called to do something different from us. Jesus said, 'For my yoke is easy and my burden is light' (Matthew 11:30 NIV). When we try to promote ourselves, we'll strain and struggle, but when we trust God and do things his way, it comes 'easy'. That doesn't mean we won't have to work hard or make sacrifices; it means we won't have to strive to get or keep our success.
Knowing God is in charge takes the striving out of life. We needn't be stuck in a cycle of insecurity, people-pleasing and comparison - we need to allow God to do things his way.
So what now? Each time you compare yourself to someone else or try to gain the approval of others, remind yourself that you are significant because of Jesus.
Soulfood: Isa 58-62, Matt 13:24-35, Ps 134, Pro 4:5-13