It’s Monday Grace!
“Oh, I’m so unworthy!”
Let me ask: is that an appropriate statement for a believer?
For some people, that statement is not only appropriate, but evidence of superior spirituality. The more you claim your unworthiness, the more worthy you are according to them. But that’s not only nonsense, it’s wrong.
You see, you were unworthy before Jesus saved you. There was nothing you could offer Him to make Him choose you or love you. Your worth was in His heart. He saw something He loved in you. So, He called you. When you responded, He rejoiced.
Read this carefully: Now He has made you worthy! He has washed all your sin away. He has redeemed you from the evil one. He has brought you into relationship with Him forever. He has given you His life. You are worthy because of Him. In the eyes of God, you are as worthy as Jesus because He is your life.
I read a lot and a variety of genres. I just read a science fiction book by Clifford Simak called, “City.” At one place in the book he tells of colonizing Jupiter and other planets. Instead of going to a new world and trying to transform it into something that would sustain human life, he envisioned changing human life to fit the world. In the story, those who were transformed to live on Jupiter were so overwhelmed by the wonders of their new existence that they never wanted to return to normal humanity.
Watchman Nee wrote that God did not change sin in order to save us and bring us to Himself. He did not simply undo the fact of our past sins, nor did He stop us from ever doing the same sins in the future. Instead, He changed us. He made us completely new beings. We may think and act like we are still part of this world, but we are so much more. We are part of His world now.
So, yes, you are worthy. What you were is gone. The old you died with Jesus on the cross. Now, you are someone and something very different, very new. And even though the acts of sin may still be part of your daily struggle, you have been changed. You can never become unworthy again because you are inseparably connected to Jesus. The life that flows in Him flows in you.
Humility is good. We are nothing apart from Jesus. But we are not apart from Jesus, and we never will be again. Our worth is bound to His forever.
Bottom line: you are worthy because the love of God in Jesus has made you a new creation with His worth and His life. That’s good news! That’s grace!