Who's Worthy?

God is worthy, We are not worthy, Grace is undeserved
“You are worthy” the pastor told his congregation, “Christ wouldn’t have died for you if you weren’t worthy.”

This is a common misunderstanding. The truth is this:

"God does not love us because we are valuable. We are valuable because God loves us." Fulton John Sheen

“There is no one righteous, not even one…they have together become worthless…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus… Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No…” Romans 3:11,12,23,24,27 (NIV & NLT)

Why is it important to remember that we are thoroughly unworthy of Christ’s sacrifice?

Because we desperately need to understand how great Christ's grace is...how undeserved...how miraculous...how sweet...how awesome...how wildly extravagant.  

"You are worthy, O Lord,” and we are not, but you love us and have made us valuable (Revelation 4:11).
 
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5 comments:

  1. Hi Gail - great reminder that is Christ in us that makes us worthy
    God bless
    Tracy

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  2. Amen! All of our righteousness is as a filthy rag. I'm so grateful to be clothed in His righteousness! May the Lord bless you!

    Paulette

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  3. And yet...because of His sacrificial love, my life has great value.

    Market value is set by the price someone is willing to pay.

    Christ paid for our redemption with His own life-blood...thereby declaring us to be more valuable than His own life.

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    1. Hi Joe,
      It's wonderful to know Christ loves us enough to give His life for us, and I think that is your intent in your comment. But I think it's good to haggle over words a bit so we don't misunderstand.

      Market value is not a great analogy for Christ's sacrifice because it is the greatest act of Grace in the universe. And grace means unmerited and undeserved. If we were worthy of Christ's life, it would simply be fair payment, not grace. And Christ's willingness to "pay" for us does increase our value, but it doesn't declare our lives more valuable than His life.

      Again, I'm sure you weren't trying to diminish the value of Christ's life with your comment, but sometimes it's important to make detailed distinctions.

      Thanks,
      Gail

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