Up, Personal Worth, And Personal Value
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3:21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made
known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness
from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is
no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came
by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, I
through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice,
because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand
unpunished—26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time,
so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
Your Personal Worth
What are you worth?
Are you worth enough to be redeemed?
In God's eyes, you are not despicable. You
are not worthless scum.
Christ has always seen the beauty
underneath our surface coat of garbage. Many people grow up thinking and
believing they are not worth much. People of all ages, especially kids,
can be cruel and say cruel things to each other. Many people are born to
parents they didn't choose and parents who don't love them in any
appropriate way. People are born into problems of all kinds. People are
born into brutal circumstances. People tell other people they aren't worth
much. People feel inferior about the way they look.
Feelings of inferiority and worthlessness
are like a plague upon our society.
People feel they are ---
Too pretty or too handsome
Not pretty enough or not handsome enough
Not educated enough
Not talented enough
People lose their jobs, and because their
jobs are so important in their life, people end up thinking they are not
There are many reasons why people believe
they are not worth much. Many of these reasons for feeling worthless (like
the ones listed above) are false.
People are racked with inferiority
It makes no difference where these inferiority feelings came from, the
inferiority feelings are real.
Most of the time inferiority feelings are
without any foundation. People often feel inferior when there is no reason
to feel inferior.
Persons who feel they do not measure up, or
who feel worthless, sometimes try to take their life. The result of
feelings of worthlessness and inferiority can create problems for which
there is no easy cure. Many times people don't want to admit they are
wrong, even about feelings of not measuring up.
There is no issue confronting more people
of every age than the issue feelings of inferiority or not measuring up.
When you go to school you worry about measuring up to other kids in all
kinds of ways. You worry about not being accepted by a group. No one wants
to be isolated or left an outsider. You worry about measuring up to the
standards of the teacher, parents, friends, and family. When we get older
and start working we try to measure up to an employer's expectations. In
addition, when you go to church you are often told, in so many words, you
don't measure up there either. With all this talk of not measuring up, it
is no wonder people feel incredibly inferior, or they rebel and say they
don't care whether they measure up.
You Are Worth Something
The facts are…you are worth something.
You are worth more than
"something." You are worth more than all the treasure on earth.
You are worth more than all the gold and silver all of humanity could ever
In Christ eyes, He can see past the
inferiority garbage you carry around. He can see past mistakes making you
feel inferior. He can see past the faulty thinking and faulty logic you
The image many people have of themselves is
pretty poor. The image many people have of God is pretty poor. The image
many people have of themselves and God together is pretty poor.
The essential question is: How does God see
you? What does God see when He looks at you? Does He see a dirty, rotten,
evil, deformed, distorted, no-count, bunch of totally worthless flesh that
should be totally abandoned and ignored? Or does He see an artwork needing
restoration and redemption?
You Are Worth More Than Something
We are works of art to God. God made us.
God does see us as fallen, broken, isolated, alone, weak and sometimes
pretty dumb. Compared to God, we might be totally helpless, but there are
some things we can do here on earth. In God's eyes, He can see both our
potential and our problems. God is not blind to what we can be any more
than He is blind to whom and what we are. God is more interested in what
you can become than He is in your past. God is more interested in what you
can be this afternoon, and tomorrow than He is interested in your
yesterdays. God wants to look past your personal history. God wants to
restore you. God wants to make you into a new person. God's problem is…He
can't make you into a new person without your consent. Christ was willing
to go to the cross so you, by your choice, could be made new.
Christ Sees Each Of Us As Redeemable
Christ sees each of us as redeemable.
Whether we get redeemed is determined by our decision to accept Christ who
loves us. We determine whether we get cleaned up enough to stand before
Kids have a way of getting dirty. Partly
because they are lower to the ground. Mostly, kids just get dirty because
they don't care if they stay clean or not. Dirt is nothing to a 3 year
old. Sometimes not even to a 6-year-old. Sometimes even a 6-year-old will
go out in the yard and get dirty "playing pig." Children don't
have enough experience when they are younger to understand what
"clean" really means. If you tell a 2-year-old to go get cleaned
up, the kid will throw a rubber duck in the bath tub and think that's it.
A 2-year-old is not capable of really cleaning up.
The problem each of us has is we cannot
clean ourselves up enough to be godly. We are still children to God. And
sometimes we play pig. Unfortunately, playing pig in real life has grim
circumstances. In a spiritual sense, we cannot really clean ourselves up
or redeem ourselves. We cannot make ourselves new.
Worthy Enough To Be Redeemed
Many people cannot see themselves as worthy
enough to be redeemed. It is important we see in ourselves as redeemable.
Because when we accept Christ as our Savior, if we do not begin to see
ourselves as He sees us, that is, as redeemable, then we are missing out
on the greatest part of life called eternity in heaven.
appeared in August, 2009, in the Virtual Church
web site at http://www.findthepower.com