I’m a people-pleaser. I judge myself based on how others respond to me. It’s a natural reaction. I want the neighbors to approve of my house. I hate losing friendships, and it hurts when people treat me with indifference. My actions often focus on pleasing someone else. While left unchecked, I tend to stress over the results.
But God doesn’t define my worth like others. As a matter-of-fact, He defines worth in the exact opposite way. According to Him, our worth doesn’t come from actions.
Take a minute and rest in that thought.
Before you stress over the fact that you can’t earn worth with God, let’s break it apart.
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
You had value even before you did things right. Wow, you won’t find many people saying that in today’s world.
In Genesis 1 and Psalm 139, the Bible explains how you were made. It uses phrases like in God’s image, fearfully, wonderfully. Can you imagine?
God doesn’t view us by the world’s standards, and thankfully, He doesn’t view us by our own. We each carry a value to our infinite Creator. That’s amazing! Rest in the fact that your true value is already defined. You don’t have to work toward it, and nothing takes it away.