Thursday, January 17, 2013
This morning, as I'm reading Romans once more, I came to this one little sentence and then stumbled as just a few words in the sentence caught my attention. Here is the portion of Romans 14 that stopped me and then I want to drill down even further to just the few words that made me stop reading.
"Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died."
The words that made me pause were these, "someone for whom Christ died." In those five words is captured the worth of every man. As I unpack these thoughts the word pictures are exploding in my mind of all this implies. At the core is this- my worth is not in what I have, who I am, what I have accomplished, how good looking I am, how famous I become, but in who was willing to die for me.
When we measure our worth by human standards we are always striving for more...more to make us feel worthy, but imagine that someone else set your worth, established your value by dying for you. Suddenly all that we strive for to feel worth, to be important, pales in light of the identity God gave us.
You and I are "someone for whom Christ died." Your worth is set by God, not by other fickle men who change their minds tomorrow. These five words should be burned into the minds of every man, woman, boy and girl....you are important, you have worth because Christ died for you.
My worth now is not based on what I do, how much I achieve, how popular I am, but it's based on what someone else has done....I'm important, I'm valuable because Christ died for me. I am priceless to God!
Are you struggling with worth, feeling valuable, feeling like you make a difference? You need to know that you are someone for whom Christ died. That makes you more valuable than any money, fame or power can ever give you. That takes all the pressure off of you. You are priceless, you are valuable because Christ died for you.