Worth: having sufficient value or importance. the value of something measured by its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held.
Who or what makes you feel that you have any unique worth? Is it your job, your family, your finances, you position, your heritage, or perhaps your faith? Social media has led people measure their worth by the number of likes or views they receive on their Facebook or YouTube channel.
When I was younger, I measured my worth, like most men, by my work, my wallet, my women and my wheels. Sadly, many men still do. Searching for significance, striving, struggling to believe that he matters. Hoping but never confident that his life makes a difference.
When man becomes the measure of all things, our worth is always a moving target. Worth becomes the “flavor of the month” or the minute depending on who or what it is.
However, there is one constant measure of worth that all tend to agree upon, being loved. If you know beyond a shadow of doubt that you are known and loved by just one person, your sense of worth soars.
Unfortunately, when asked many men think they are loved, hope they are loved, but aren’t quite sure. Taught to measure their worth by what they do, they feel worthy on their good days and worthless on the bad ones.
Fortunately, that’s not how God our need to be known and loved. In John 15, Jesus said: 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. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
No disciple knew when He spoke these words, that Jesus was going to die for them. Being His disciple, sharing his ministry and miracles had dramatic increased their sense of self-importance, but God knew it would take much more to make us worthy. So He paid the price, demonstrating once and for all that you are deeply love, intimately known, worth the price He paid and immensely more. It’s up to you now to choose whether to believe it and receive it.
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