Since our concept of our worth is shaped by what the significant others in our lives have told us about ourselves, let’s fix our gaze on our most significant, significant other. Let’s take a look at the God who gave us life, and ask the important question: what does God say about my worth? If we have any suspicions of God at all, this is indeed a frightening question to ask because most of us are pretty sure that He doesn’t think all that highly of us. Listen to what God’s word says about the nature of our worth to God.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5: 1-5
The apostle Paul declares, “God’s not only given us mercy, he’s also given us grace!” He’s given us mercy in that through Christ we don’t get what we do deserve. He’s given us grace in that through Christ we do get what we don’t deserve. Take careful note of the listed characteristics of unearned grace we’ve been given in verses 1 through 5. First, “we have peace with God.” There are different words for “peace” in the original New Testament language. There’s a “cease fire” peace – the kind where you’re not shooting at each other but still hate each other. But the word used in verse 1 is eriene , which means, “perfect standing of harmonious unity”. Paul uses this word to show us that Jesus has won for us a relationship with God where the issues that kept us apart are completely resolved. Second, he says we “have gained access to God.” We have all-access-all-the-time backstage passes to talk to God anywhere, anytime, all the time. Third, we now have such great hope in God’s goodness to us that even our sufferings (which we now know are not God’s punishment) make us even more equipped to recognize and enjoy all the good God desires to share with us. Last but not least, God’s love is “being poured (literally continually poured) into our hearts” through the Holy Spirit who has willingly chosen to get so close to us that He lives in us and will for the rest of our lives. If you add up this entire list what emerges is a picture of a mighty and holy God who likes having us around!
We’re used to the significant others in our lives revealing our worth to them by how they tolerate our presence at best or mistreat us at worst. We’re used to significant others limiting our access to them. We’re used to loved ones granting access and love only when we’ve “earned it”. We’re used to them telling us that the problems we’re dealing with in our lives are “exactly what we deserve” and that we should not talk to them “until we change our ways”. We’re used to having affection withheld from us because of our poor performance. But just because we’re used to this kind of treatment from our loved one’s doesn’t mean it’s how God works. God thinks we’re absolutely worth what it cost Him to establish a perfect standing of unity between us. God thinks we’re absolutely worth granting all access, all of the time to Himself just the way we are. How does this change your view of yourself and God?