Are You Worthy?

Thoughts of Great Value

Are you worthy of Christ's death? How do you respond to that question? Your answer can shape your entire life - substantially affecting how you treat yourself, how you treat others, and how you allow yourself and others to be treated.

People often answer this question without hesitation with an unsurprising "No." However, I suggest the answer is a joyous and emphatic "YES!". More accurately, while you and I are undeserving, we are worthy of this gift. We not worthy by anything we have done, but because our Creator decided it was so.

But what about Luke 17:10? Jesus says, "So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.' "

At first I found this passage a little depressing, with a sense of hopelessness that I could never do enough to be anything more than a worm; a frightening sense of meaninglessness and futility. Perhaps you had a similar reaction. Ah, but the gospel is good news. There are at least two important truths that set us free in this passage.

The first is that since we can't be worthy by our own efforts, the pressure is off! There is nothing we can do to earn or deserve salvation. We cannot qualify by doing or being good enough. If we could, then likely we would have to work very very hard and it would be high stakes, high pressure, and high casualties. The standard might be like running the mile in under four minutes. That would not be good news. The good news is that all we have to do is get on the track.

The second truth from that passage is that since none of us can qualify on our own and we are all unworthy by our own efforts, we are equal. Based on merit, we have all fallen short, so there is no room for pride or boasting or a sense of superiority over others. Nor is there reason to feel inferior. Thus we all have the same value and there is no justification to mistreat others or be mistreated. Otherwise, all but one of us would be inferior to someone else at any given moment, and when that moment changed so would the top dog. So the good news is never being inferior because your value does not depend upon your performance.

But the great news is that YOU ARE WORTHY of Christ's sacrifice! That is the very reason he made it. John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son..." Eph 5:25 "...Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her..."

You are worthy because He decided it was so! We are worthy by God's choice, not by our own efforts. The Creator of the universe decided that YOU, were WORTH leaving heaven and dying for! Jesus became your SIN to save you!!! He chose to die for you! You are THAT important to the creator of the universe!

You are incredibly important! This is not because of your accomplishments, but because you are valued. You are cherished. You are loved! You are cherished by God, and if you want to please Him, you will treat yourself as someone who is very important to Jehovah God, who with a word spoke the universe into existence!

How do you feel about your family? Your children? Close friends? How do you feel when someone else treats them well? When someone else treats them poorly? When someone ridicules or insults them?

Then how dare you treat any of God's children with less than the utmost respect! How dare you treat people as if God made a mistake in dying for them, in valuing and cherishing them! How dare you treat yourself that way!!!

We love because we were loved first. What is the second greatest command? Love your neighbor as yourself. How can you love your neighbor, unless you first love yourself?! How can you treat your neighbor well, unless you first treat yourself well? How can you value others as God does, if you don't first know the value he has for you?!

So remember that you are precious and priceless. You are worthy! And so is your neighbor. Jesus paid no less of a price for you than for your fellow man.

Then treat yourself and others with this in mind, with great value! Valuable! Special! Cherished! Important! Loved! You (and your neighbor) have reason to rejoice!

--Brian Shrock
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