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For I Am Not Worthy

February 5, 2016

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For I Am Not  Worthy

Older people notice  that these days,  unlike the old days,  we often hear the claims of,  “You deserve it!”  and  “You are worthy”.     Students do nothing but sit quietly  in class  and they get a reward  because they “deserve” it.     Young people take part  in a sport  and receive a participation trophy  because they “deserve” it.     In certain work positions,  people get tenure  and a bonus  because they “deserve” it.     So,  even when they do something really bad,  they do not lose their job,  because they’ve worked there  a certain length  of time.

It doesn’t take long  for people  to take advantage  of these easily given awards.     They really imagine  they deserve them  —  even though  they have not done  a stellar job.

That’s not how  a Roman centurion felt  about himself.     He was a righteous man  —  served his country well  —  loved the Jewish people  in his jurisdiction  —  believed  in the LORD  —  and built a synagogue  for the Jews.     And then,  his beloved slave got sick  to the point  of death.

Hearing that Jesus was  in the vicinity,  he asked some Jewish elders  to go  and request Jesus’ help  in saving  his slave’s life.     They gladly went  to get Jesus  and spoke  of the centurion’s worthiness  for receiving help.     As Jesus got near his home,  the centurion sent friends  with this message in Luke 7:6-8,

Lord,  do not trouble Yourself further,  for I am not worthy  for You  to come  under my roof;  for this reason  I did not even consider myself worthy  to come  to You,  but just say the word,  and my servant  will be healed.     For I also  am a man  placed under authority,  with soldiers under me;  and I say  to this one, ‘Go!’  and he goes,  and to another,  ‘Come!’  and he comes,  and to my slave,  ‘Do this!’  and he does it.”

Jesus marveled  at the centurion’s “great faith”  and instantly healed his slave  from that distance.

And so,  we consider our faith  in our Creator Redeemer.     Knowing our unworthiness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for caring  for us,  even in our unworthiness.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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