Sunday, April 6, 2014

Self-Worth

God has been pressing a very serious conviction on my heart. As people, we need to find our self-worth in Him. Our ENTIRE self-worth.

Looking for self-worth in people is unfair to them, you, and God. It is an idea that people are never going to live up to, thus it can only lead to disappointment. It also devalues the priceless gift Christ gives us in a new life in Him.
In the book of Titus, Paul informs Titus of the different duties of different people within the church. In chapter three, he tells Titus to remind people to respect authority and be considerate of all people. He then writes that even he, Paul, used to live in hate toward people. BUT...
 Titus 3:4-8  
But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men.
I think that if we are to live out what we are commanded, we need to recognize that our full identities are in Christ alone. God loves us so much that He pours out the Holy Spirit on us richly through Jesus so that, through His grace, we become His heirs in eternal life! What does that say about our self-worth?
It doesn't matter what has happened in the past or what people say now. All that matters is what Jesus says you are worth:
Luke 12:6-7
 6Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God.Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
If God does not forget a single sparrow, then how much more will He remember every single person?
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