I’ve always been something of an underdog. The underdog mentality, like many others, can often be adopted by a person, or imposed on them by others. We can often grow into these labels and ideas almost to the extent to where they become part of our identity.
Interestingly, in the Beatitudes, Jesus, who Himself was often thought of as an underdog through much of His time on earth, ministers to this issue. “Blessed are you poor in spirit, mourners, meek, persecuted.” (Matt 5:3-11).
Jesus, the unlikely Hero, is saying to His followers, you may not think much of yourself, and others may not hold you in high esteem, but you are blessed! This means you are so highly valued by God! How precious it is to gain God’s favour! If you can come to the place where God’s favour is the only opinion that matters regarding your worth, this will set you free, and you will no longer live to please others or to achieve your own self-imposed standard.
Jesus says: “Come to me all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light”.
Jesus says I will set you free of all these expectations and negative labels, and I will teach you and I will give you a new identity. An identity that is sourced in Him, and not what people say, your achievements or your past. So when the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36). And you know what? I’m not an underdog, because Jesus calls me blessed, and it is Him I want to listen to and Him I want to please.
And as a final thought, this Jesus, born into poverty and who died a criminal’s death, is now and forever the greatest Hero there was, is or ever shall be. “Jesus…who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, scorning it’s shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2). Thank you LORD, that You yourself went the distance and achieved what no-one could do, to make us right with You. Amen.
Posted by Tom Coe