No one would ever think Michael Jordan had a problem with his self-image. During his professional basketball career with the Chicago Bulls, he earned 5 MVP awards, 10 All-NBA First Team designations, 9 All-Defensive First Team honors, 14 NBA All-Star Game appearances, 3 All-Star Game MVP awards, 10 scoring titles, 3 steals titles, 6 NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He holds the NBA records for highest career-regular-season-scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career-playoff-scoring average (33.45 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press’s list of athletes of the century. He was also inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

Michael Jordan is considered the greatest basketball player in NBA history. With such an impressive career behind him, no one wonders why. He has nothing to prove because his talent speaks for itself. It should be easy for him to be “comfortable in his own skin,” or secure. But can those of us who will never come close to matching Jordan’s talent or accomplishments be secure with ourselves? It is not only possible, but it is expected of every Christian.

When we understand who we are in Christ, we don’t have to prove what we are to the world. Our perspective of life and our joy and peace will speak for themselves. We can be secure in the identity God has given us.

Christian, you don’t need a crowd of people chanting your name and singing your praises to remind you who you are — just spend time in God’s Word, and it will tell you all you need to know about yourself. As you read about how you are loved, accepted, forgiven, and victorious in Christ, your life will begin to show the kind of security God wants you to have . . . no VIP pass required.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder