3 Reasons We Feel Unworthy


What if I were to tell you that the dollar in your wallet wasn’t worth anything?

In fact, what if I insisted it was worthless? Would you spend it anyway, proving me wrong? Or, would you keep it in your wallet, convinced I was right?

Feelings of unworthiness stem from many life experiences and beliefs. In fact, the ways in which we deem ourselves as unworthy probably outnumber the dollars in our bank accounts!

However, there are 3 common reasons we struggle with this sometimes debilitating issue. Take a look:

#1: We feel unworthy because of past failures.

Sins of the past can either haunt us or assist us. The more we mature in faith, the sooner we can turn the regrets of the past into a springboard of opportunity. I KNOW this is difficult. Believe me, my past is littered with terrible decisions. However, I’ve come to realize how those mistakes can help others today.

All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.(Romans 3:23)

We’ve heard those words a hundred times. But look at the very next verse…being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…(Romans 3:24)

  • Justified
  • Freely
  • Grace
  • Redemption


Suddenly, our unworthiness is seen in a new light…the light of Jesus and what He did to cover those past failures. Amen and amen!

#2: We feel unworthy because of present inadequacies.

Can’t, won’t, shouldn’t, couldn’t…these are only a few of the stubborn determinations we make. But you know what? We absolutely cannot if we don’t try, and we surely won’t if we decide not to.

I don’t have it all together. You don’t have it all together. So, how about we move forward in all of our untogetherness…together.

Despite our inadequacies, let’s lay aside everything that hinders and run the race marked out for us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Perfect motivation to stop focusing on unworthiness!

#3: We feel unworthy because we fear the outcome.

Most of our fears never come to pass. Did you know that?

In fact, I’d like to challenge you to do something you probably won’t be comfortable with.

Think of your top 2 fears. Now, think of the worst case scenario. I know, that sounds terribly defeating, but listen, unless we face our fears head-on, and surrender them to God, we are going to continue to let doubt paralyze us.

I would rather fail at something, knowing it was the right thing to do than wonder what would have been if only I’d tried.

Jesus said, “In this world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. Be of good cheer. For I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

I can’t think of a better reason to let go of unworthiness than that!

The dollar in your wallet is still worth one hundred pennies.

In the past, you would have been able to buy a whole jar of penny candy!

The same goes for your life. You can invest your time and talent in things that really matter. You do not have to let feelings of unworthiness cause you to bury your God-given strengths. In fact, when you have a few minutes, read the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30.

Here’s a recap of the reasons why we shouldn’t feel unworthy:

  • You were washed clean, made new, and given hope through Jesus’ death on the cross.
  • You can trust God to make a way for the gifts He’s given you. (even when it seems impossible)
  • You can move forward in Christ-Confidence, not self-confidence. He has overcome the world and every bit of unworthiness we feel!

Be encouraged today. You are worthy because He has made you worthy. I would love to hear your thoughts on this. How have you conquered feelings of unworthiness in your life?

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