PASTOR'S PEN: Worthless to worthy

One of the struggles many have in life is that they feel worthless. They are insecure in themselves and uncertain what to do about it. Some decide to quit altogether and drown out their feelings with addictions, constant sleep or doing harmful things to themselves. Others take the opposite angle and attempt to do all they can to make themselves appear worthwhile by trying to excel in many areas or doing what it takes to get to the top of the ladder, while at the very same time they are breaking inside feeling empty and more and more like a hypocrite. Feeling worthless is not a new thing. People have been struggling with that for a long time. Ever since Adam ate the fruit and felt shame, hiding from God, we have felt worthless.

And it isn’t all bad. The feeling of worthlessness shows concern for where one is and a desire for something better. It shows the realization that things are not the way they should be. The fact is that God created us in His image and likeness and desired to have a special bond with us (Genesis 2). That was sacrificed for what we thought was something better (Genesis 3). So, as Ephesians tells us, we are “dead in our transgressions and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). We cannot rectify our special bond with God. It has been broken beyond repair. No wonder someone may feel so worthless and downtrodden.

But it doesn’t need to be that way. God, out of His love, “made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions” (Ephesians 2:4-5). He did something we could not do. He made us holy, blameless, wiped our slate clean, declared us innocent and gave us an inheritance beyond comprehension (Ephesians 1:3-14). We no longer have this barrier between ourselves and God. We can now “come boldly to the throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16). That should excite us! That should change us from ones who feel down and out to ones who feel the chains of bondage cast off. That is a truth that comes to us through one man’s work, that of Jesus Christ, God in flesh. Romans 5:8 tells us this, “but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This is what Paul calls “good news” in 1 Corinthians 15. The good news is that your separation from God has been repaired. You are not worthless anymore. You need not give up. You need not prove yourself. You must look to God. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31). Do you believe? If so, through Christ, you are part of God’s family. All glory goes to God the Father and our Savior Jesus Christ.