For when you’re not feeling worthy
Why does the popular belief seem to be that we are unworthy of Christ’s love? Why are we unworthy? I think of the 1990s movie, Wayne’s World. In the late 1980’s, early 1990’s, two characters from Saturday Night Live became popular – Wayne and Garth. Comedians Mike Myers and Dana Carvey played the roles and turned the short ‘Wayne’s World’ skit from SNL into a mega-popular, financially successful movie of the same name.
Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
In one movie scene, Wayne and Garth, two seemingly stoned wannabe rock stars, meet shock rock superstar Alice Cooper. In the scene, both characters fall to their knees and bow down to their hero all the while chanting, “We’re not worthy, we’re not worthy.”
Now, please do not think for one moment I compare Alice Cooper to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. However, many times I think of this scene and how we tend to approach our relationship with Him. We fall to our knees chanting ‘we’re not worthy.” Humility like this isn’t a bad thing. We should be humble before our Lord and appreciate all He sacrificed to teach us true, unconditional love. I’m afraid, though, our focus often tends to be on the ‘not worthy’. When we focus on the idea that we aren’t worthy, it holds us back from truly accepting and believing that Christ’s love is meant for us. He is meant for us. Just that in itself is enough that should convince us we are worthy. Christ died for us. He died. For us. God loved us so much His son died to show us, to give us hope, to teach us what our lives can be. Yes, He died for our sins. I’m not debating that. I’d just like to take a different look at what that might mean.
I venture to say that we are worthy. God made us…in His image. In Genesis, it says, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Ladies, that in itself makes us worthy. Sure, mankind had the fall from grace, but God didn’t stop loving us. We are His children. Do we stop loving our children when they get in trouble? Are they no longer worthy? Of course, they are! And Jesus came to tell us that. He came to share that good news with us. God loves us! If we walk around thinking we aren’t worthy, that makes it pretty hard for us to love ourselves.
Remember this: Luke 12:7 says, “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
We are worthy. We’re made that way. Our very essence makes us worthy. If we realize that we’re worthy in Christ, are perfect in Him (NOT on our own!), then we can shed the insecurities holding us back and do amazing things in His name. I challenge you to change your mindset. In all ways.
One way to start is by reminding yourself every day, “God loves me just as I am”. It’s a simple affirmation, but we need simple reminders. Speaking of affirmations makes me think of Saturday Night Live (can you tell I’m an SNL fan? Sorry for my warped humor) and Stuart Smalley – sitting in front of the mirror – you are good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like you. Maybe we don’t have to worry so much about people (although I know we do it anyway) but doggone it, God likes you. He loves you.
2 Thessalonians 1:5 Áll this is evidence the God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.