And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also] is not worthy of Me. –Matthew 10:38 (AMP)
I once had someone share a story with me. She was a woman who had a very rough childhood. She was on the streets, doing drugs, stealing and going from house to house by the age of thirteen. By the grace of God, she found her way into hope and a future in her second marriage. Her first marriage, which bore a child, was to an abusive drug dealer. But in her second marriage, she found a second chance.
This man would bring reality to her dreams of love, intimacy and being valued. He would raise her son as his own. Together they would build a life. They started attending church together and became actively involved. She had given her life over to worship the Lord.
At an evening service, overcome by the goodness of all the Lord had done for her, with her hands lifted high to the One who had saved her life, she cried out, “ I am worthy”. Can you imagine the shame, guilt and pit in her stomach as someone looked at her, told her to hush and said to her, “No, you’re not. Don’t say that”.
God forgive me, but truly He knows my heart, sometimes people just need a proverbial smack! How dare someone say that to her? She had finally come to a place in her life, where she had the realization that she was worth something to Someone.
Now, I am getting ready to mess with people’s theology.
16For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. -John 3:16
People have a hard time letting go of their hard earned dollar unless something is worthy of them spending it. How many times have you heard someone ask, “What’s it worth to you?”
God placed so much value and worth on a broken world and people, that He sent His perfect, spotless Son to redeem them. The price wasn’t paid in gold, silver or the almighty dollar. It was blood, life: For everyone, everyone who would believe on Him.
Jesus was spent for us because God thought we were worth something. Jesus Christ laid down His life, gave it up, for every single person, because He believed we were worth it.
What then is the meaning of today’s Scripture?
God already established your worth in His eyes when He saw the precious blood of His Son Jesus, pour for you and me. We however, choose whether we are worthy by acceptance of that gift and how we live our lives.
There are those who cry out in their momentary clarity, “Oh God, I get it, I am worth something to You”. Praising Him for the vast love transferred upon them through Christ.
There are those who continually cry out, “Oh God, I’m just a poor sinner, I’m just not worth anything.” There is nothing left for God to give to you to show you how much He loves and values you. He has already given it all.
There are those who cry out in prideful, Pharisee-like, boasting, “Oh God, I thank you that I am not like the sinner…” They are stuck in the mire of all of their accomplishments, power, position and authority, listing for God and all of those around, what they have achieved for Christ and His Kingdom.
Becoming conscious of the fact that God declared you worth the price of His Sons blood should be a humbling experience. To continue to deny that value placed on you is false humility.
True humility in response to the evidence of God’s love for us, should leave us with a desire to live a life exactly like today’s Scripture. Cleaving steadfastly to the One Who said that you were worth so much to Him that He would give His life for you.
He already made His choice and paid the price in full saying that you were worth it. How you live your life in Him is a choice on your part that either comes into agreement with Him or denies Him.
Commercials and advertisements alike promote their products boasting your value in your own eyes to convince you that you’re worth spending the little bit extra on yourself: You’re worth it!
Chastisement and correction are frequently followed with the firm hand and question that lingers “Was it worth it?” Oftentimes with the hope that the introspective guilt you are left with will lead you down a different path next time.
Jesus has already written in His blood the proclamation that you were worth it. But He has also left us with the opportunity to live a life to bear witness to Him.
Am I cleaving to Him? Am I conforming to Him wholly in my example of living and dying if need be? Will I take up my cross and confirm what He established already? He said I was worth it, but will I be found worthy of Him?
You’ve spent your dollar on the product to declare, I am worth it. Will you spend your life to come into agreement for the price He has already paid? You are worth it!