Every day we're bombarded with images of what it means to be worthy. Society tries to teach us that you have to be one of the beautiful people and then paints a picture of what that type of person looks like. You have to have the right job, the right kind of house, the right car, the right children, the right amount of money, frequent the right places and of course rub shoulders with the right people. If you don't fit this criteria, you're just not worth anyone giving you the time of day.
When we subscribe to this sort of nonsensical thought, two major things take place. First of all, we miss out on interacting with some amazing people. That's our loss and it's a big one because so many of the so-called wrong people are the sort of people you can call at 2:00 a.m. when your car broke down 50 miles from home. You need people like this in your life. Trust me on that one. You do, so make sure you are one!
The second thing which can occur is you actually begin to believe you're not one of those right people. While there may be a few people lie well enough to convince themselves they are one of the right people, I think most of us are only playing the part. We know what we look like behind the mask and we're desperately hoping we can maintain the charade. Eventually, the mask is going to slip and the real you will have to stand up. Oh boy. That is not a pretty site.
When this happens, enemies such as self-pity and self-degradation are standing in the wings ready to attack. We go from thinking we're one of God's greatest gifts to humanity to feeling like we're one of the lowest forms of life on the planet. We're just not good enough for anyone let alone God. We just can't believe God would want anything to do with someone like us.
The enemy loves to have us at these two extremes. We either think we're too good for God or we're not good enough. The former premise is of course false. If that idea even tries to poke it's nose in the door, slam that door as hard as you can. I'm pretty good at predicting what a second grader would say and I can assure you a second grader would say something like this. "You can't be too good for God because you're not God. That's why they call him God. Because he's God so that means he's the best there is." Out of the mouths of babes...
The second premise is a bit more tricky. While it is true we are not good enough for God, it isn't quite so cut and dried. You see, we're not good enough for God, but that just doesn't matter to him. God's love for us is so great that He says we're worth it. We are worth all the pain and rejection He has suffered at our hands. We are worth pursing relentlessly. We are worth holding tightly despite the fact that we're screaming, crying, spitting and trying to hit Him in the face.
He stands with outstretched hands and we accuse Him of not being there when we need Him. We try to place Him on a shelf or in a box and take Him out only when we need Him and then we try to claim He doesn't care about us in the least. We fight Him time and time again like naughty and spoiled children and God still says we're worth it.
Do we really understand what this means? God says we're worth it! John 3:16 and 1 John 3:16a. Remember the story of the Prodigal Son? Luke 15:18-24 (NLT). The father did not turn away the foolish son, even though the son deserved it. Demanding his inheritance while the father was still alive was the same as telling the father he wanted him to die. That was unthinkable in eastern civilization! The son could have been put to death for suggesting such a thing. That's not what this father does. He loves his son regardless of the way his son has treated him. Even though the son may not have deserved his father's love, the father believed his son was worth loving.
God says we're worth it. It doesn't matter what someone else thinks. It really doesn't matter whether you agree with God or not. In the end, the only thing that really matters is what God thinks and he thinks we're worth it.
I heard a teaching last weekend by a wonderful man named Bishop Malcolm Smith. He said that in the passage from Matthew 13:44-46, WE are the treasure and the ‘pearl of great worth' and that God gave up his throne, came to earth in the form of a human, died and then rise again... all so that He could win back His pearl.... Us - how amazing is that? His love constantly amazes me.
Thank you for sharing your heart. I've been reading your blogs and I am humbled and blessed.
Hummmm... humble reminded me of one of my devotionals this week; I'm working through the Joyce Meyer devotional "Battlefield of the mind" and she said, "The truly humble are those who know their weaknesses, but in their weaknesses, they know their strength is in Jesus Christ." She quoted from 1 Pet 5:6&7 and 1 Cor 12:9. As always, God is faithful to show me my heart and my desperate need of HIM!
When will we - I, learn that it not my strength He wants, but my weakness!
Those seem to be my lessons in this season of my life...