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In Case You Missed It Series 2 Day 2: Male Insecurities

In Case You Missed It Series 2 Day 2: “Male Insecurities” by Daniel Petterson

Women often struggle with body image and feeling inferior in many ways. But insecurity issues are not gender specific—males face their own laundry list of insecurities. That’s what this study is about. And while our insecurities can deeply affect us, our true identity as believers lies in Christ. This study is an excellent resource for any male, and also for anyone with a desire to better understand the insecurities of the men in their life. 

This study features these various topics:

(Physical Insecurity) “Exercise is helpful in many ways. It relieves stress; it can prolong useful life; it can be enjoyable. But I also wouldn’t imagine anyone could say that the Bible encourages us to be obsessed with bodily exercise. Culture today encourages such an obsession. Some share videos and pictures of their 4-hour daily gym routine. They post social media pictures of their meals, consisting of an amalgamation of horrific ingredients that I would never consider eating. Yes, our body is ‘a temple of the Holy Spirit within’ (1 Corinthians 6:19), but we shouldn’t worship our body, nor should we hope to have others worship it either. Therein lies the issue. The ‘some value’ of 1 Timothy 4:8 has been replaced with ‘ultimate value.’ Our physical bodies shouldn’t be the sole drive of our life.”

(Financial Insecurity) “We need to remember the actual value of all our possessions once we cross the eternal divide—a big, fat zero. All of our money, cars, homes, boats, clothing, and toys will eventually join every other possession in the landfill of eternity. There is no lasting security in finance. There is no stock market in Heaven. There are better investments to make, according to the Lord Jesus.”

(Career Insecurity) “I’ve written about this before, but it bears repeating. This world has a messed-up definition of success. The career, the wealth, the status? That’s not a biblical definition of success. The Bible teaches in word and in example that our lives should be marked by worship, sacrifice, godly service, a servant’s heart, and seeking His will. Living a life like that doesn’t breed insecurity, but rather builds and strengthens the bond we have with Christ.”

(Relational Insecurity) “When it all comes down to it, we need to be our authentic selves. Sooner or later, it’s going to bubble to the surface anyway. That doesn’t mean we don’t have sharp edges that need to be chipped off; it doesn’t mean ‘the real me’ is perfect. But it absolutely needs to be the starting point of how I portray myself to others.”

(Spiritual Insecurity) “I know how the insecurities play out with this—trust me. It leads to men trying to be something they are not, spiritually speaking. Much of that has to do with jealousy, but also with wanting to get the public approval or pat on the back. ‘What a sermon! That guy can really preach!’ But Paul said in our text, ‘Am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God?’ If He has given me a spiritual gift, but I spend my life striving for something else, where does that leave me? If I am truly a ‘servant of Christ,’ then I should earnestly strive and desire to please my Master.”

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