Friday, April 1, 2011


Have you ever heard an adult tell a child, "you're worthless?" I have overheard an individual tell another, that so-in-so is worthless. Some times that accusation is based on a person's actions, or attitude, or maybe just someones looks; hence the picture of the gentleman in my blog. Who knows, he might have just won the world championship "girn" contest. The point I want to make is this ... the root word "worthless," cannot mean without any worth or value whatsoever. "worthless" raises a question. When someone says, "he is worthless, we could ask, "worth less than what?" The truth of the matter is that we are all of worth. In God's eyes no one is with out value.
The Psalmist says in

Psalm 8:1 LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory in the heavens. 2 Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? 5 You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. 6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: 7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, 8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 9 LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Some translations say in verse five that we are made a little lower than God. If someone tells you that another person is worthless, ask them, "worth less than what? Yes we are sinners, Paul says "there is none good, not even one." But Paul was talking about a goodness or rightness that commends us to God. No where does the Bible say we are of no value. We are the crowning act of God's creation. On the sixth day of creation, after God had created man, He said, "It is very good."

Unfortunately in our churches and families we suffer from what I call a "spiritual inferiority complex." God showed his love (his expression of our worth) that even while we were in sin, He died for us. He spread out his arms on the cross, and said, "this is how much I love you." We are to love as God loved. It does not matter what a person has done or said, or what their attitude is or what they look like, they are only worth less than God himself. Jesus told his disciples;

John 15:9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. THOT: HOW YOU LOVE OTHERS IS REALLY HOW YOU LOVE GOD

1 comment:

Angie said...

I think the 'spiritual inferiority complex' is a lot more rampant among believers than any one knows!
I mean, honestly, have you ever met anyone who just said right out, "yep! I'm worth it!" when asked about the crucifixion?
It's one thing for us to say, it's an entirely different matter to truly believe in your heart, that God saw us as worth the cost of His Son.
I know it. I believe it. But I still can't totally wrap my heart around it.
That's about as 'worth-less' as you can get!!!
Love you, Paddy!