What are you worth?

An email I received a while ago from a friend inspired this.
A lot of people I have encountered, in an attempt at humility, have spoken of how worthless they are when they consider what Jesus did for them. I disagree...about 2 things. The first, that we are worthless. The second, that this is a sign of humility.
To the first point. In God's eyes, we are of tremendous worth. He sent His Son for us!
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
So often I read that as just an explanation of salvation...believe in Jesus and have everlasting life. It's also a "why" statement. God loved the world so much that it was worth it to Him to send His Son for us. There is no other way for us to be redeemed. God demands perfection to redeem us from our sins. Jesus is the only one who fits the bill. But this is God's Son we're talking about.
John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
It's an astonishing statement to say that God loves you and me enough to send His Son to die for our sins so that we can be with Him in Heaven. You are worth it. God thinks so, you should too.

That brings me to my second point...humility. I have a problem with the way a lot of people define humility.
Humility isn't thinking that you are nothing, lower than low, dirt, good at or for nothing. Humility is knowing who you are. What you are good at, not good at and then understanding where the good comes from - God. And knowing that the bad can and should be fixed and that's only possible with God's help.
Know who you are. Strengths, weaknesses. Give it all to God. Ask Him to show you how to use your strengths for His glory and how to improve on your weaknesses.

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2 comments:

  1. esananaka Says:

    Outstanding post Mark, Very well said. Thanks

  2. esananaka Says:

    Mark, Esananaka is my commanche name.
    Just so you know who's commenting. It used my Google account name. was not aware it would do that. Taylor Roberts