Alright say this with me,
“My worth is not based on what I’ve done.
My worth is based on Jesus Christ.
I am who you God says I am.”
A person I follow on instagram posted a song they created and this is the lyrics.
“There’s nothing wrong with you, my son. Your worth isn’t based on what you’ve done. Don’t try to fix it all, just let me in. There’s nothing wrong with you my son.”@stephenlum
I really want you to take this all in. He said it perfectly when he said, “your worth is not based on what you’ve done. Don’t try to fix it all, just let me in.” We get so caught up in our shame of what we’ve done wrong and then we try to fix it alone. I promise you that inviting God into this part of how we feel is so important.
God reminds us of our worth when we feel caught in shame.
In the scripture John 8:1-11 is the story of the woman who is caught in adultery and the pharisees asked Jesus, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” Jesus responded with, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” The only one who was qualified to throw a stone was Jesus. If you don’t know the end of this chapter it ends with this, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
This scripture fits perfectly on what I’m trying to say because we are made new through Jesus. In this story the woman lived in shame her whole life and when we are stuck in shame we feel like we deserve any punishment. When she is introduced to Jesus she is in this vulnerable state of almost being stoned. Jesus was the only one who was qualified to throw the stone but instead of throwing it He showed her forgiveness and grace. I feel like in this story she is introduced to her true and worthy self. God made her new. Her worth is not what she has done but through who God is. He said go and sin no more, He always meets us where we are at but never lets us stay there.
We are worthy
So let me relate this back to us. We are worthy. We are worthy even when we don’t feel like it. This concept is a hard one to grasp and personally I have struggled with this time and time again feeling like I was my sin was too big to be forgiven. Inviting him into this was hard, painful, and I felt so exposed as a human. With this new mindset I have heard this quote that says, “How dare you think that your sin is bigger than the blood of Christ.” God sent his one and only son to die on the cross for you. YOU ARE WORTH DYING FOR. You are worth more than you know. You are made for more. YOU are created in the image of God. “But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” God has made you from the dust on the ground to his breath of life in our lungs. But I want you to know some characteristics of God to really understand his heart for you.
- Our God is NEVER changing (Malachi 3) God is not going to change his mind about you. He remains the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He made you intentionally with a purpose.
- Our God is faithful ( 2 Timothy 2:13) God always keeps his promises. He does not base his goodness and mercy on how we are doing. He is in constant pursuit of us.
- Our God has unconditional love for us. (Romans 5:8) God’s love is always ready to embrace us at any given moment if we are willing to ask. He is so relational.
“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”Romans 5:5