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Self-Worth

September 13, 2018

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Self-Worth

Many people seem to base  their self-worth  on the opinion  of another person.     If another sinner  tells them,  “You’re dumb!”   “You’ll never amount to anything!”   “I hate you!”   “When will you ever get a grip?”   “You don’t have any friends!”   “You’re a pansy!”   or  “”Sissy!”,  their self-worth goes right down the tube  and they actually believe  that sinner.

In other words,  they choose  to believe a lie.     Jesus was fully aware  of how this was happening  in the crowds He preached to.     The self-righteous religious leaders  really looked down  on everyone they considered  a sinner.     And,  of course,  these self-righteous religious leaders also considered Jesus  a sinner.     So much  for the worth  of their opinion.

Jesus fully realized  that many people  really felt put-down  and unworthy  in the presence  of the religious leaders — those who were putting them down publicly.     The self-worth  of many  was going down the tube.     So,  Luke 15 records a number of things  Jesus taught us all  about our self-worth.     Included in that chapter  is the story  of the prodigal son.

Briefly,  this young son  asked his father  for his share  of the inheritance.    After receiving it,  he went away  and squandered it  on loose living.    When the money was gone  he was friendless  and homeless.     He got a job feeding pigs,  but still did not have enough money  to buy food.     Ashamedly,  he remembered  how his father treated his servants  much more kindly.     So,  he decided  that confessing his sin  and being a servant  to his father  was the necessary thing  to try to do — but,  he didn’t know  if his father would have anything to do  with such a wicked son.

When his father saw him coming home,  he was overjoyed.     He ran to his son,  overflowing with compassion,  embracing and kissing him.     The surprised son  expressed his repentance,  but the father was quickly ordering servants  to get a big party prepared,  joyously proclaiming,  “For  this son  of mine  was dead,  and has come  to life again;  he was lost,  and has been found.”

Here was the son  trying to say,  “Father,  I have sinned  against heaven  and in your sight;  I am no longer worthy  to be called your son.”     But,  in his father’s eyes  and heart,  he most certainly was worthy  because he had always been loved.

When his older brother heard the party,  he was angry,  to say the least.     He judged his younger brother unworthy — as did all the prodigal son’s  so-called friends  that deserted him  when his money was gone.     But,  this older brother refused  to celebrate.     That’s how  a lot of worldly people feel  when a sinner turns  to God  for forgiveness.     Whether these people are a Christian  or not,  they will sneeringly claim  the sinner is not worthy  of anything.

The prodigal son  in the beginning  was seeking his self-worth  and self-esteem  in just anyone  who would call themselves  a friend.     He did not understand  the value  of his worth  in his father’s eyes — but felt  he had to find self-worth  in the people  of this world.     In an effort  to gain self-worth,  he spent all his inheritance  on buying friends  with parties.

People do a lot of sad things  in their search  for acceptance  and self-worth.     But,  like the prodigal son,  we cannot find self-esteem  or self-worth  in this world  and all the garbage  it is engrossed in.

Our real self-worth is  in the truth  that we are the children  of God Almighty.     All throughout the Bible,  God calls us  His beloved children  and expresses  how He longs  to have us come home  to Him.     It doesn’t matter  that we have wasted  so much  of our lives.     It doesn’t matter  what other sinners  sneeringly claim.     What matters is expressed  in 1 John 3:2,

Beloved,  now we are  children of God,  and it has not appeared  as yet  what we shall be.     We know that,  when He appears,  we shall be like Him,  because we shall see Him  just as He is.

That is our inheritance  because we are the beloved  of God.     No matter what we have done  in the past,  when we go back home  to our heavenly Father,  He will rejoice  and welcome us  with open arms,  because He calls us worthy  because of our faith  in Him.     When our Judge  and Creator  and Redeemer calls us worthy,  believe it.     Forget the opinions  of this dying world.

In fellowship  with our Lord,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Abba,  Father,  Your love is precious  far beyond words.     Thank You  for faithfully loving me.”

Love,
Margaret

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