Welcome back for our final week of Worth Redefined! We’ve studied our worth as God’s creation and as God’s children. Today, I’d like to conclude this series with a glimpse of our value in light of God’s sacrifice.
The Bible is fairly clear about our position before God. We deserved nothing.
For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
And yet, He loved us so much that He offered His Son on our behalf.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Jesus died, so that we might find a new identity through His sacrifice. Do you live with such knowledge? See, your worth is much more than a co-worker’s opinion. It’s more than that one select group of friends. It’s more than your marriage or singleness. It’s more than your own weighted judgments.
Independent of anything you’ve done, God loves you. That worth is inherent, because He created you fearfully, wonderfully. It’s a freeing thought to understand we can’t do anything to deserve God’s attention. Independent of ourselves, He–loves–us. Let that thought rest in your mind.
God wants us to understand His love. He took great measures to display it. The Bible even says we have the choice whether or not we want to accept the identity God offers to us.
Confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Prayer doesn’t save us, but it is how we communicate to God our desire to take the gift He’s offered.
When we turn towards God, our identity becomes His to carry. He is able to fulfill the deepest needs of our heart, to provide us with a name, and a place to belong. If you’ve already committed your life to Him, then live with confidence. You are a child of the King. You belong to the Creator of the world, and He loved you with great sacrifice. There is no greater love, no greater identity.
From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus.