Written by Gregg Jacobs
Over the last several years I have been wondering what makes me valuable in God’s eyes as well as those around me. Is it based on what I can do or who I know or is it something more than that? Here is what I have discovered:
Value based on performance consists of pride and insecurity. Either I’m doing well and feeling well or I’m doing poorly and feeling horrible. If I attempt to find my value based on performance, I position my spirit in a place where I cannot access grace. Performance should not be how we find validity and meaning because it’s an endless cycle of pass and fail.
Value based on acceptance consists of humility and confidence. It is not based on what I do, but rather is based on who I am. Through God’s acceptance, that is how we access grace. 1 Peter 5 proves this:
“All of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.” 1 Peter 5:5-6
To build my value here’s what I need to do:
- Recognize that I can not do it, but God can. I have some gift but not enough to get the job done. I need to access Holy Spirit to empower me. God picks us because we are inadequate, so He can be proven and glorified.
- Give God credit for what gifts I have and those the Holy Spirit gives me. I have to keep giving God credit for all things in my life.
- Take bold action. Boldness is not the absence of fear, it’s facing my fear with confidence God will back me. I am not able to do this yet because of my standing with Christ a I can boldly move ahead to do ministry.
Through this process, I align my spirit with God’s grace. That’s where I find my value.
Gregg Jacobs has been serving on staff at Allison Park Church since 2004. He and Kyra have been married for more than 15 years and have two teenage sons. Gregg loves working on cars, competing in demolition derbies, and spending time outdoors.