The gospel solution when a person is paralyzed by a sense of guilt, unworthiness or uselessness, is not to increase self-esteem, the biblical answer to paralysis and low self-esteem is not high self-esteem. It’s sovereign grace.

When Jacob cries out to God, “I’m a worm, I’m a maggot,” God responds in Isaiah 41:14:

“Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel; I will help you,” declares the LORD, “and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.”

–Matt Chandler, “Luke (Part 5): Sovereign Over All,” Oct. 21, 2007.