So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ. - Ephesians 4:14-15 (ESV)
In today's world, men often find themselves tossed about, just like the children in Ephesians 4:14. The waves of societal expectations, the winds of ambitious career goals, the cunning of competitiveness, and the deceitful schemes of a culture that equates success with materialistic achievement can leave men feeling unsteady, uncertain, and lost.
Take Tom, a successful businessman who seemed to have it all - a thriving career, a beautiful family, and a comfortable lifestyle. Yet, beneath the surface, he wrestled with self-doubt and an unrelenting pressure to prove himself. The more he achieved, the more he felt the need to achieve. This relentless pursuit began to take a toll on his relationships and his inner peace.
Tom realized he had let himself be carried about by every wind of doctrine and the cunning of deceitful schemes. These verses from Ephesians called him to grow up into Christ, speaking the truth in love.
Tom took this message to heart. He began to place less emphasis on outward achievement and more on his inner growth, his relationship with Christ, and the truth of his worth as defined by God's love for him. He learned to believe in himself, not as the world defined him, but as God saw him - loved, valuable, and worthy. And this newfound belief in himself, rooted in the word of God, brought with it a peace and confidence that surpassed all understanding.
God created each one of us in his image, and he knows each of us by name (Isaiah 43:1). Believing in yourself is the first step to believing in Him. We are all capable of greatness when we entrust ourselves into God's loving hands.
Lord, thank you for your love and grace that strengthen and embolden us to believe in ourselves. Help us to seek your truth and abide by it so that we can experience the peace and confidence given only by you. Amen.