Are you ever tempted to play the comparison game? Whether you’re a blogger, a student, a stay-at-home mom, a retiree, or a full time working person, it’s easy to compare yourself to others and come up short. I wrote this Insecurity Bible Study for my own problem with comparison.
As you go through the insecurity Bible study, remember that both top dogs and bottom dogs have their own temptations. Neither one is spiritually superior to the other just because of their status.
It’s not our position that messes us up – it’s whether or not we find our identity and treasure in that position. The more we find our identity and treasure in Christ, the happier and more secure we’ll be.
Insecurity Bible Study
1. Read the last post on overcoming insecurity. At what points in your life did you feel like you were more of a top dog? List them. Why did you feel like a top dog?
2. At what points in your life did you feel like you were more of a bottom dog? List them. Why did you feel like a bottom dog?
3. Look over your answers to the last two questions. What is your main criteria for top dog/bottom dogness?
4. Think back to the family you were raised in. Did they think that was important as well? Explain.
5. If you’re married or in a relationship, does your spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend’s family value the same things you value? If not, what do they value?
6. Think of the circle of friends you hang out with. How would they define top dogness?
7. Think of everything you’ve read in the Bible. Does God value the same things your friends, family, and you value? If not, how are His values different?
8. Could Jesus have been cultural top dog if He had wanted to be?
9. Why did Jesus give up His potential top dogness to be mocked, spit upon, scourged, and killed? (See Matthew 26:36-46, Romans 5:6-15, and Hebrews 3:15-16 for ideas.)
10. Does striving to become (or maintain) top dog ever hurt your relationship with God? Explain.
11. Does striving to become (or maintain) top dog ever get in the way of loving others well? Explain.
12. Does striving to become (or maintain) top dog ever hurt your ministry? Explain.
13. What can you learn about this subject from the following Scriptures? (Mark 10:35-45, Philippians 2:1-11, Psalm 139:13-15)
14. List several people you respect and several people you love. Do you love and respect them because they’re top dogs? If not, why do you love and respect them?
15. If you wanted to be loved and respected according to your last answer, what would you need to do? Would God be in favor of that? Why or why not?
For another Bible study on this subject see: When You’re Not Good Enough.
Question: I’ll actually be leaving for Yellowstone Park at some time today to go tent camping in 25 degree temperatures (yay!) but I’d really love to hear your answers to question #14 in the Bible study. Please share if you get a chance.
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