“Sell Yourself Short”

sell“Don’t sell yourself short” is a phrase I’ve heard many times. Usually, I hear it said in reference to underestimating your abilities. I started thinking about how we “sell” ourselves out to many things and people. Sometimes at a cost unperceived and unrealized until we face the debt in our heart of pain and loneliness.

What do we sell ourselves to?

Some people sell themselves to fame. They receive money, and admiration of man, as the payment.

Fame, comfort, people, money, sex, control…

What is the payment?

I have seen women sell themselves, completely giving themselves to a man. In return they perceive “love” as the payment. However, they take any form of “love” even if it is self deprecating, selfish “love”. They are used and abused thinking that is all they deserve as the payment for their SELF.

I see young girls sell themselves to young men. The cost is more than they expected to give. Young girls, beautiful and gifted “sell” themselves for a sexual love. The payment pales in comparison to the “cost” of SELF.

People who seek after the admiration of others as payment loses their SELF. They forsake their own creativity, talents, desires, and ability to please someone who does not value them. In turn, you will not value yourSELF.

People who seek after comfort actually find discontent.  People who seek after fame will find only loneliness because fame and money are fleeting.

The payment may seem good at first. Later, you find that payment is not sufficient. This starts a continuous cycle of disillusionment, fear of rejection, and pain.

So, what do you cost? What form of payment is fair and reasonable?

Matthew 6:33 (NLT) Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you
everything you need.

This command is difficult to understand by the worldly standard of living. We are conditioned to be masters of our destiny, that we make it or break it, that we can make anything happen.

However, Jesus Christ paid a price for you far above anything you could ever imagine. In fact, you will never fully understand it until you stand in front of God, the Father.

1. The price has already been paid. It cost a life.

2. The price was so great that you (SELF) are more costly than anything this world could pay.

3. Once you understand this the command is to “live righteously”. Live like you believe the cost is great. Live like you are worth more.

4. God promises something in return. HIS payment is “he will give you everything you need”.

 

way-out-picDon’t you wish life had signs like this?

Signs that tell you when to start and where to go on the highway of life?

Well, the Bible does just that. Here’s your starting point. Read these scriptures. They tell you the starting point.

John 10:10 (KJV)  I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life

God’s love is this:

1 Cor 13 (NLT) 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

That is the type of love you are worth. That is the type of love worth a life. That is the type of love you deserve and receive only through Christ Jesus.

Start Here:

1. If you acknowledge your immense worth as a child of the living God you will not “sell yourself” to just anything or anyone.

2. If you begin to live like you are worth, as God made you, you will live up to the potential God put in you.

3. If you believe what God says about you, then you will not believe what other people say about you that is hurtful and causes pain.

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