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Are You Not Worth Much More?

May 26, 2019

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Are You Not Worth Much More?

When bad things happen  and we feel the pains  of life’s experiences,  people sometimes think God isn’t caring  for them,  because they’re not worthy,  on account of past sins  or whatever.     Our tendency might be  to throw a pity party  and moan  about all the things we would like  to have in this life.     We  might think  if we just had “this”  and  “that” we would be better taken care of.

But,  Jesus pointed out something  we usually don’t think of.     When we want all the  “things”  in this life,  more than we want  to be near God,  we are making  “things” our  “god”.     We are concentrating so much  on  “things”  that we worry,  have pity parties,  complain,  get bitter,  and feel like we’re not worth  as much as other people.     We are thinking more  of ourselves  than we are of God.

So,  Jesus noted  that birds are well taken care of  by the Lord,  even though they don’t work hard and worry  like we do.     Then,  in Matthew 6:26,  Jesus asks us,  “Are you not  worth much more  than they?”    

We need to think  about our worth  in God’s eyes — not the world’s eyes.

The world cheats,  kills,  enslaves,  abuses,  lies,  steals — and does every other nasty,  evil thing  we know of.     The world is greedy,  hateful,  spiteful,  and proud.     And,  the world does not count anyone else  as being worthy of anything.     They want to dominate over everyone else  and keep everything for themselves  because they think  they are better than others.     They paint a grossly ugly picture  of sin.

We are sinners, too.     Too much of the time,  we don’t paint such a nice picture  of our being.     We are in desperate need  of forgiveness,  also.     We need  to let God be God  in our lives.     God needs  to guide our living,  thinking,  and being.     And,  when He does,  we become His dear child — then God makes us worthy  of eternal life.     Life here on earth  will still  have its trials and pains,  but we will be on our way  to our heavenly home.

All we did  to become worthy is  to trust and believe  in Jesus,  our Savior.     None of the “things”  in this world are able to make us worthy.     None of our good works  make us worthy — neither does our pride,  strength,  knowledge,  talents,  or anything else.     Only faith  in the gift of salvation  through Jesus Christ alone  makes anyone worthy.     If a person does not have faith  in Jesus alone,  they simply are not letting God  make them worthy.

That is why John 1:12  tells us,

But as many as received Him,  to them  He gave the right  to become children  of God,  even to those who believe  in His name.

And then,  1 John 3:1  says,

See how great a love the Father has bestowed  upon us,  that we should be called  children of God;  and such we are.     For this reason  the world does not know us,  because it did not know Him.

Whatever happens in this world,  faith makes us worthy  to be a bona-fide child  of God.     Basing our self-worth  on that truth,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for loving us  as Your very own dear children.     Let us always remember  to draw near  to You in faith,  hope,  and love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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