Let me tell you a secret.
For a long time I did not know my self worth.
I never thought I was deserving of anything good.
In my hearts of hearts, I was broken. I wasn’t born like this at all, but through circumstances and life experiences I saw myself less and less. And this is what I was projecting onto everyone I met, which wasn’t good.
Things had to change.
I had to go right back to the beginning and for me that was the bible.
The Bible actually has many passages that tell us what God has to say about our worth and our value in His eyes.
Genesis 1:26-27 says we are made in His image, the very image of God.
Psalm 139:13-16 says we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and all the days of our lives were written in God’s book before we were ever born, confirming God’s prior knowledge and plan for our lives.
But notice the wording in the above phrases: “are made,” and “are fearfully and wonderfully made.” These phrases all have one thing in common: they are things done to us or for us by God. These are not things we have done for ourselves, nor have we earned or deserved them. We are, in fact, merely the recipients of “all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). Therefore, we can conclude that our worth is not really of the “self” at all; rather, it is worth given to us by God. We are of inestimable value to Him because of the price He paid to make us worthy—the death of His Son on the cross.
The Bible tells us that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). In fact, we “were dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). What worth is there in dead things? None. God imputed to us His own righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21) not because we were worthy of it, but because we were unworthy, unlovable, and unable to make ourselves worthy in any way. But—and here’s the miracle—He actually loved us in spite of our condition (John 3:16), and because He did, we now have infinite worth.
If we focus on how much God loves us and the price He paid to redeem us, we’ll come to see ourselves as God sees us, and that will help us understand just how much we’re really worth as children of the most high God.
Our self-worth is too often based on what other people tell us about ourselves. The one, true authority on our self-worth is Jesus Christ, and since He gave His own life up for us by dying on a cross, that should tell us just how valuable we really are.
Happy Sunday. x