Summary: This sermon seeks to help believers break free from attitudes and feelings of inferiority by dealing with the defects and differences in our lives.
Most people suffer from some form of inferiority. Even the attitude of superiority is an evidence of feeling inferior deep down and in some area of selfhood. Inferiority comes by comparing those things in our lives which are unchangeable to those features in other people. If we compare our parents or gender or physical features or mental capacity or race with others, we make them or ourselves the standard of what is acceptable rather than Jesus Christ. He’s the standard of what is acceptable to God.
Paul warned the Christians at Corinth not to compare themselves with themselves or with others. In fact, he says in verse 12 “we would not dare classify ourselves or compare ourselves with those who rate themselves so highly.” And he goes on to say that “they make up their own standards to measure themselves by and judge themselves by their own standards! That’s what brings on the bondage of inferiority.
The result of comparing ourselves with others is usually a rejection of our own selfhood, our own God-given unchangeable features. And when we reject the design of our unchangeable features, we have difficulty accepting our Designer as a personal God and loving Heavenly Father who wants the best for us. And what He wants today is for us to “Break Free of Inferiority!” So first of all let’s look at:
I. The Ccause Of Inferiority verse 7
A. Comparison causes inferiority
You can always find somebody who you think is more attractive than you are or who is more intelligent than you are or who has a better family than you have. But, whenever you compare one of those unchangeables you tend to develop feelings of inferiority. That’s why the Scripture warns us not to measure other by ourselves or ourselves by one another!.
B. God has no outward ideal
The whole concept of a “Miss America or Mr. America” is misleading because it projects the false idea that there is a universal ideal of outward appearance. If there’s any relationship between outward beauty and inward happiness, it’s usually the opposite of what you would expect. Many attractive people are very unhappy for several reasons. They often experience greater temptation. They resent being liked only for their outward appearance by people who don’t understand or care about their inward needs. They fear rejection when their physical attractive-ness will fade. And they themselves often feel inferior and un-attractive. When a former “Miss America” was asked if she would change anything about her appearance, she quickly said, “Yes!” God has no outward ideal, but:
C. God has an inward ideal
Although God has no outward ideal, He does have a universal inward ideal. It’s the Person and Character of the Lord Jesus Christ. The more you learn to live out of Him as your source of life, the more you will become like Him. The more you experience Him as your inner source of life the more you will experience true joy, happiness and fulfillment in allowing Him to live out His life through you. In fact, Jesus indicated how happy are those who possess the qualities of character outlined in the Beatitudes of Matthew 5. Jesus is God’s inward ideal. Secondly, this morning let’s look at: