Worthy is a word I use to describe God. He is worthy, worthy of all our praises. I believe that.
I heard the word used in a different way last night. Someone was talking about how God reached out to them. They were damaged by life. Their story affirmed the phrase that it hurt to be human. But in their story they found wholeness and healing in Jesus. They said that they found out that they, the damaged person, were worthy. They found out that God loves them. That God said about them, you are worthy.
The statement made me wiggle in my seat. No they aren’t, I thought, no I’m not, echoed back in the chamber of my heart. And yet…
This morning I read a Chris Rice poem called grace.
“Ah silly children!
Toss away your measuring sticks and play.
Only measurable things matter, and they have already been reckoned .
The measure is held up against Another
And by no mistake,
You are the ones declared worthy.”
God loves us. He has said “I love you” in the most endearing and enduring way, with his son Jesus.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, so that whosoever would believe on him he gave the power to become the children of God and bestowed upon them eternal life.”
That was from memory. Let’s see how I did.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
God says we are worthy of his love. You and me, God loves us. He sent his son to save us.
Worthy. I do not have value in and of myself, however, God has looked at me and said, “I love you this much ” and he is showing me Jesus. God loves me Jesus much.
God help me to receive your love, and to give your love to others.