Not By My Own Sense of Worth
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?
Yet not one of them will fall to the ground
outside your Father’s care.
And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
So don’t be afraid;
you are worth more than many sparrows.
MATTHEW 10:29-31 (NIV)
I have learned that it is incredibly easy for us to confuse our True Worth with our own sense of that worth. The Bible teaches us that our True Worth never changes since it is based on God and not on us – yet our own sense or feeling of that worth can vary tremendously due to our life circumstances. Thank God that our True Worth is not based upon our constantly changing feelings!!!!
Often we do not feel that we are worth anything close to the worth that the Bible tells us that we have – especially when we lose a job or a close relationship. Both scenarios can cause a lot of emotional pain and also may prompt us to live on a level far below what God intends for us.
It would be wonderful if our feelings always aligned with the Truth but we all know that is not the way it always is. So what should we do? Try to ignore these feelings? That doesn’t work either. I don’t think we should ignore our feelings but identify them – validate those feeling and then align them with the Truth. Our feelings should not be disregarded – we were made to have emotions in the same way that God has emotions – but neither should we allow our fallen emotions to lead us in directions contrary to the Truth.
Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed
to believe in him.
“If you stick with this, living out what I tell you,
you are my disciples for sure.
Then you will experience for yourselves the truth,
and the truth will free you.”
JOHN 8:31-32 (THE MESSAGE)
On the journey with you,