To Die For

Have you ever noticed how when asked the question, tell me about yourself, people seem to always lead with a title, job position or what they do for a living? Myself, for instance, I usually say, I am a homeschool Mom of three crazy people. Or my husband, he often leads with, I am a substation technician for KAMO power. Maybe you’re able to say something super impressive like I own a multimillion dollar company. It tends to be about what we do or how we make a living more so than who’s we are. I don’t remember the last time I answered the previous question with, I am a follower of Jesus, a child of the most high God. Nope, pretty sure that’s never been my answer. I believe for me, and perhaps this is true of you also, but I tend to tell about what I think gives me the most worth. I don’t merely say, homemaker, but I throw in homeschool mom, why? While I do it unintentionally, I guess it makes me feel more valuable in a way. Maybe I appear to have more worth if I mention my hard work as a homeschool Momma.

I’m afraid, too often, we put a little too much emphasis on what we do than who’s we are. Or maybe for you, you’ve been called worthless so long that it’s who you believe to be. Maybe past mistakes or even current ones have told you, you have no value. As God began to speak to me about this topic, he began to reveal some of my own insecurities, my issue of never feeling like I’m enough. For far too long I have allowed Satan to determine my worth, only believing what he says. My worth, your worth, don’t come from a paycheck, a person, or a position. Our worth was measured on the cross, with arms stretched wide, as Jesus took all the sin and shame from us and put it upon himself. He knew us, yet he loved us enough to stay on the cross.

For God loved the world (YOU) in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Did you catch that word? EVERYONE. God included you, and me, despite what we would do and say, He still loved us enough to send Jesus to the cross in our place. He must see a worth that we can’t see ourselves.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

Royalty, who would’ve believed, I, would be God’s special possession. It’s time we start putting our worth in who God says we are, not in our titles, positions, people, or possessions. Jesus made it clear on the cross that our worth is immeasurable, our value more than we can fathom, No longer do we need to measure up to someone else’s standards or look to fame, fortune, or our social media likes to determine our worth. Jesus made it clear, WE are to die for!

 

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