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How to Know You Are Worthy in Christ

When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, the old us is gone. We are a new creation.

This is Part 4 of 4 in my Hey, I’m Worthy series. You can read the others starting here – 9 Ways to Remember You’re Perfect the Way You Are.

I remember as a young child thinking that once a person had become a Christian, that was all they had to do. At that point of accepting Christ, they would automatically be perfect.

Well, I guess they are perfect in Him, but I mean worldly perfect. It never made sense to me that someone would claim to be a Christian and then they would choose to lie or steal or drink or…you get the point.

I mean, I always knew I said that I was a Christian, but I didn’t even really know what that meant either. I can’t tell you when, exactly, as a child I accepted Christ. Jesus just always was in my life.

I grew up in church – a wonderful, loving, accepting church devoted to sharing stories of Christ’s love. My youth group had a tremendous affect on my upbringing. I felt love and acceptance there, but you know what? I never equated that with God’s love.

I equated it with the people in the group but really had no idea God actually was a part of it all. And because of that, I didn’t ever really have a ‘moment’ in time (until my late 30s) that defined when I became a Christian.

Even so, even being a Christian my whole life (baptized at 11), I always struggled with the question ‘when were you saved?’. I figured I was saved when I was baptized, but some churches said no, you are saved and then baptized. And then, even so, what did it mean to be saved if it didn’t mean you were all of a sudden a perfect person?

It wasn’t until I experienced the death of someone very close to me and subsequent journey through grief that I finally had the ah-ha moment of who Christ is and how exactly He works in and with my life.

I share that story in my testimony, but I also tell about it in the post Christ is in Me! Who Knew?!. I invite you to read about the very moment when I understood. 

So yes, even though I had ‘accepted’ Christ all my life, I had never really known what that meant. From the depth of these feelings, I knew this was what people really meant when they talked about being saved or being born again.

I’m sure there are lucky people who just know that feeling all their lives and also KNOW that it’s from God. I wasn’t one of them who recognized where it came from and what it really was. After my grief revelation, I knew.

Because my perspective was one of an adult by this point, I understood that my life wouldn’t suddenly be perfect. However, I also understood that even though we will never be ‘worldly perfect,’ we are perfect in Him.

Christ is where my worth comes from.

Understanding one’s worth in Christ is foundational to a fulfilling and spiritually enriched life. It addresses the deep-seated need for significance and belonging that is often sought externally but truly found in the internal realization of one’s spiritual identity.

Comprehending this facet of belief provides a resolute sense of purpose and value that transcends the fleeting standards of the world.

Navigating through life’s challenges can blur one’s perception of self-worth, leading to a reliance on external validation. However, by recognizing your inherent worth through the lens of faith, you distance yourself from negative thoughts and doubts that may arise from personal shortcomings or societal judgments.

This discovery of your value to God becomes a powerful compass, steering you toward living authentically in grace and truth.

Key Takeaways

  • Your worth is determined by your identity in Christ, not external achievements or validations.
  • Embracing your spiritual value overcomes doubts and fosters a positive self-view.
  • Living with an awareness of being loved by God empowers you to face life’s challenges.
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Identity in Christ

Understanding your identity in Christ is paramount. It’s essential to grasp that, as a believer, your true identity is rooted in your relationship with Jesus and what He has accomplished.

Child of God

As a Child of God, you have been given a status that reshapes your entire existence. When you place your trust in Jesus Christ, the Bible affirms that you become not just a follower, but a son or daughter of God

Dear Heavenly Father, in His scripture, declares this transformation when He says, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

  • Status: Child of God
  • Meaning: You are part of God’s family, His dear child
  • Scripture: John 1:12

God’s Own Possession

To be considered God’s Own Possession is to recognize that you are valued beyond measure in the eyes of the Almighty. You are not your own; you have been bought at a price (1 Corinthians 6:20), which bestows upon you immeasurable worth and purpose.

As God’s possession, you reflect His glory and are called to act in ways that honor your Dear Heavenly Father.

  • Status: God’s Own Possession
  • Meaning: You belong to God and are valued by Him
  • Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:20

Through understanding these truths about your identity, you can see yourself as God sees you: His cherished Child and prized Possession. This perspective shapes how you perceive yourself among human beings, affirming your position as a Son of God.

Recognizing Our Value to God

Understanding how you are seen and valued by God can profoundly impact your self-perception. God considers you worthy and cherishes you as His creation.

Seeing Ourselves Through God’s Eyes

To comprehend your infinite worth, it’s essential to see yourself through God’s eyes. You are God’s masterpiece, crafted with intention and purpose.

The Bible tells you that you are made in God’s image, reflecting His nature and being. This means that every part of you—your personality, your talents, your imperfections—are all part of what makes you valuable in His sight.

The Concept of Worthiness

When discussing worthiness in relation to God, it’s not about earning His love or approval. Your worth is inherent because you are valuable to God, not based on what you do but simply because you exist.

This worth is given by God freely and is as unending as His love for you. Absorbing this truth can transform how you view yourself and your innate value.

Discerning Spiritual Truths

To live in the fullness of your worth in Christ, it’s essential to discern spiritual truths by engaging with God’s Word and avoiding misconceptions.

The Role of Scriptural Knowledge

God’s Word is your primary source for understanding your worth in Christ. Immerse yourself in the Scriptures to gain knowledge of God and His promises to you.

For instance, the New Testament makes clear that all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.

This means that by studying the Bible, you are equipped for every good work, including the ability to discern what is true from what is false in the spiritual realm.

Regularly read and study your Bible.

  • Create a daily reading plan to cover various parts of the Scriptures.
  • Reflect on passages that speak about God’s vision for your life and His truth.

Avoiding Common Misunderstandings

Misunderstandings about your identity in Christ can arise when you rely on sources other than God’s truth. To avoid this, be cautious of teachings that contradict what you know from the good news in the Bible.

For instance, if someone suggests that your worth is tied to your works or achievements, this is contrary to the biblical teaching that your worth comes from being a child of God, redeemed by Christ.

To help avoid misunderstandings:

  • Boldly compare any new teachings with the biblical text.
  • Seek guidance from spiritually mature individuals who teach sound doctrine as emphasized by services like In Touch Ministries.

By focusing on scriptural knowledge and steering clear of common misunderstandings, discerning spiritual truths becomes a more accessible and grounded experience for you.

Living in Grace and Truth

To live in grace and truth is to recognize your worth in Christ and manifest it in your daily life. It’s about understanding that grace is not just a concept but a practical reality that influences how you interact with others and see yourself in the grand narrative of God’s Kingdom.

Expressing Our True Worth in Actions

When you grasp how much you’re valued by God, your actions start to mirror this understanding. Every good work you take part in is both a reflection and a response to the grace you’ve received.

Remember that you’re approaching the throne of grace with confidence, not to earn favor, but to express gratitude—doing so makes your works authentic and heartfelt.

You’re not just doing these things; you’re showing the world what it means to be worthy of the gospel of Christ.

Embracing Our Role in God’s Kingdom

Understand that you have a specific role in the kingdom of heaven that no one else can fill. This role calls for spiritual maturity, a deepening relationship with God, and contributions that bear fruit that lasts. Embracing your role means:

  1. Seeking to grow in grace, as spiritual maturity doesn’t happen overnight.
  2. Actively contributing to the growth of God’s Kingdom, knowing your work has eternal significance.

Each step you take in spiritual growth makes you more effective in your kingdom role.

As you bear fruit, you provide evidence of a life transformed by grace and grounded in truth. Your worthiness is not in question—it’s proven through your pursuit of a life that aligns with the heart of God.

Overcoming Doubts and Negative Thoughts

Struggling with low self-esteem and negative thoughts can lead you to feel unworthy, especially in your spiritual life. However, you are not alone in these feelings, and there are specific steps you can take to affirm your worthiness in Christ.

Addressing Feelings of Unworthiness

Feelings of unworthiness are often rooted in the false belief that you must earn grace or that your value is based on your deeds. Recognize that these feelings are a common struggle, even for those who have a strong faith.

Rather than being viewed as unworthy sinners, embrace the truth that through the forgiveness of sins, you are made worthy.

The Gospel Coalition offers principles to consider when dealing with doubts about one’s worthiness, emphasizing the importance of showing mercy to yourself as you work through these feelings.

Affirming Your Worth in Prayer

In moments of doubt, prayer can be a powerful way to remind yourself of your inherent worth. Use prayer to connect with the Spirit of God, which affirms your value far beyond your actions or thoughts.

By seeking guidance through prayer as suggested by Christian Educators Academy, you can find the strength to counter negative thoughts and remind yourself of God’s unending love and the worthiness that comes from being His creation.

Commit to memory scriptures that speak of your worth in God’s eyes, reinforcing the truth that your value is immutable and secure.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re wondering about your worth in the eyes of God and how to find value through your relationship with Christ, the following frequently asked questions can provide clarity and reassurance from biblical principles.

What does the Bible say about our worth to God?

The Bible communicates that our worth to God is immeasurable. He values us so highly that He sent His only Son to bridge the gap sin created, indicative of our immense worth to Him. You can explore this further through teachings like Are You Worthy of Jesus?.

How can we find our self-worth in Christ?

Finding self-worth in Christ stems from understanding that at salvation, your identity is renewed.

You become a new creation, reflecting the value God places on you which is connected to Christ’s sacrifice. For a deeper understanding, consider the insights from How to Find Yourself In Christ.

What are some Bible verses that discuss how Christ gives us worth?

Verses such as Ephesians 2:10 and 1 Peter 2:9 underscore the worth Christ gives us, painting a picture of God’s craftsmanship and chosen people. These scriptures confirm that our value does not come from achievements, but from God’s grace and love.

How does God determine our worth?

God’s determination of our worth is not based on human standards such as success, moral goodness, or social status. Instead, it is rooted in His unconditional love and the price paid through Jesus Christ. Through Christ’s perfect life and sacrifice, God ascribed infinite value to us.

In what ways does understanding our worth in Christ impact our daily lives?

Grasping your worth in Christ can transform how you approach challenges, relationships, and personal growth. It fosters a sense of security and confidence in God’s love, influencing decisions and interactions with compassion and strength drawn from your God-given value.

How can recognizing our value to God transform our self-perception?

When you recognize your value to God, it shifts your self-perception from one based on external validation to one anchored in divine truth. This perspective helps in combating feelings of inadequacy and in embracing a life lived with purpose and joy in knowing you are precious to God.

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