Ephesians 2v10 ‘For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.’
I wanted to continue on the topic from last week, God using all things for his good. This week I want to look at our worth, the lessons that I have been learning from the worth that God speaks over my life and your life. I have been taught to challenge my perspective on where I believe my worth lies. I have blogs that speak about labels that I have put on myself and how I believe people perceive me. I truly believe that in God working all things for his good, that he takes our broken view of our worth and and renews it. God pours life and purpose into each and every one of us, when we trust him and surrender all to him.
In the pursuit to find our worth, we can fill our lives with a lot of unnecessary fillers. I know within my own life I did that and am still learning not to do that. My understanding of worth, was to fit in. I did not want to stand out, therefore drawing unnecessary attention to myself. I followed what everyone else was doing. I would pursue the same material goods that other people had, I would try to be socially acceptable to everyone else so I would drink and keep what I really thought to myself. Truthfully, I believed I had worth because I was being accepted by other people. Even at this time I had a faith in Jesus, I was allowing it to take a backseat because I was seeking the worlds approval over who I truly was. I can truly tell you,that seeking to be accepted by the world never made me happy. Sure there were highs from it, I felt like I was always pretending and I was never good enough. That did shatter my worth as person, I could never keep up to how everyone else was.
My worth is something that I have been learning more about as I have grown in my faith. I am thankful for God’s grace and the life that I now have through Jesus. I am thankful that I am not in that same place anymore, that my life is being transformed. Romans 5v8 ‘But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’. God loved us, when we were so unworthy of love. The love of God has transformed my life, God met me in the darkest places of my life and gave them light and hope. When I felt so unworthy, I was reminded daily of how loved I was. Through reading the gospels, my heart rejoiced at the love and the grace that Jesus had for those people who were outcasts from society. Regardless of their faults, he poured his love into them. Jesus renewed their purpose and life, in that they could do no nothing but share what Jesus had done within their lives. Through generations and generations, God has been pouring worth into each and every one of us. Even when we feel unworthy, that God would even want to know us, his plans are far better than ours. Isaiah 55v8 ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.’. We need to trust God that what God has called us too, he will equip us to get through it.
Throughout the Bible we see how God transforms peoples lives. The one person I always keep in mind is Paul. As Saul he persecuted the church and he was full of hate for the early believers. He made it his mission to destroy them. Jesus came into his life and utterly transformed it. From a man who persecuted the early church to a man who helped the early church grow. He spread the gospel and used his life to serve and to save many. He became God’s willing servant, a life once filled with hate was now filled with love and care. His intentions were questioned, people still feared him when he began his ministry. Never once did Paul turn back and believe that he was not good enough because of his past. His hope and his trust remained in Jesus, due to his faithfulness it enabled many people to come to know Jesus for themselves.
The lesson I have been learning this week about worth, is to know my worth I must first grow in wisdom. God has a marvellous way of working, this week I began reading proverbs and it is timely. The value of wisdom, is to pursue wisdom that gives life and is not based on human validation. Proverbs 2v10-11 ‘For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.’ We need to find our worth, in who God says we are. That comes from reading the Bible and seeking God’s words over our lives. If you have not read the Bible in a long time, start at the gospels and read the worth that Jesus speaks over peoples lives. Allow Jesus to speak the same truths into your lives. For our worth will always be diminished by the world, it will always want more of us and it will destroy us. As with Jesus, we start at a place where we are unworthy. Through the grace and love of God, he gives life and purpose that renews our worth. We are all sinners, saved by grace. However, God loves us and asks us to put our hope and trust in him. Our worth is renewed by God, we become sons and daughters of the King of Kings. We need to keep actively seeking who we are in the eyes of God, holding onto those truths.
Within your life, allow God to work all things for his good. You are loved and cherished and never beyond grace. Have a wonderful week. Love Victoria. xx