Everything in our culture pushes back against grace. The culture shouts the message that you are what you achieve, that your value depends on your performance. Young girls become anorexic, in part, because they are convinced that their identity is anchored in their appearance. Communities like Flower Mound reinforce the idea that you are what you accomplish. Parents are often high achievers, and the expectation (spoken or unspoken) is that their kids should be the same. This inordinate emphasis on success creates pressure to produce and excel and outperform others. We see the result in stress and depression and high levels of anxiety.
We must learn to accept the power of grace. Don’t let the culture determine your value–accept the value God has assigned to you. You may be hurting because the relentless ranking of the world is beating you down. You’ll never be no. 1 in your class, and you know it. No matter how hard you try. You’ll never be the top sales person in the company. No matter how hard you work. You’ll never be considered a high-fashion model or a top athlete. No matter what you do. Everything in our culture says you’re valuable if you’re beautiful or handsome. But the Bible says, God looks on the heart!
Your value is not determined by what you look like or what you achieve. Your value has already been announced by God. God isn’t interested in your ranking compared to other people. God isn’t interested in what you look like or how much money you make. In our culture, we’ve switched the price tags. We’ve labeled worthless things as valuable. We’ve labeled valuable things as worthless. So if you’re chasing after beauty or money or fame or something else to establish your value, stop it! God declared your value when He sent his son to die for you. God announced that you are priceless!
Listen to Romans 5:1-2, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”