Worth versus worthy

Sometime in 2014, I heard a caller call in (cause that’s what callers do) to KLove radio station in response to conversation about being worth the price that Jesus paid on the cross. This is roughly what the caller said.  We are not worthy of the grace showered upon us, but because Jesus Christ loved us, we are worth it. That conversation touched me and made me really think about the difference between being worthy of something and being worth something.

So what does that mean when we say we are not worthy but we are worth it? First, when Christ died on the cross for each person’s sins, it was a very personal gift of invaluable measure. Let’s pretend for a moment: if you went to a FANCY party, and you took a gift to the host and hostess that you had hand-made, and it was created from the finest materials and ingredients, taking years and years of effort, uncompromised emotional and financial commitment, and no one had anything like it, it would not compare to the gift of redemption given to us by Christ. It just couldn’t. That’s how invaluable God’s gift of grace-filled redemption truly is.

But lets take it a bit further; what if the host and hostess served you hot dogs, cheese doodles, and grape-ade beverage on disposable tableware? What the heck?! You came to the fancy party in your finest clothes. You wore pantyhose and heels for this. Plus, you brought that amazing gift of beauty…while they’re serving you picnic food.

Their actions aren’t really worthy of all that you have done for them.

Lets face it….their actions aren’t really worthy of all that you have done for them. The gift….and not to mention you had to have that dress dry cleaned before the party. For cheese doodles. (seriously…they need some Martha Stewart help here). And yet when you presented the gift, you did it with love, not giving a thought to what was served or how it was served.  The host and hostess were worth it. You knew they would look at that gift every day and remember how much you loved them. Going forward, every time they see it, a thought of you will come to mind, and they will feel good and smile at that moment. They didn’t have to earn it, and quite frankly, a gift of that value can’t be earned. Their actions weren’t worthy, but they were still worth it.

And such it is with our heavenly father. He has given us an amazing gift (redemption from sin and eternal life). In the NLT, I Peter 2:24 says He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.  But we didn’t earn it. We couldn’t have because it’s beyond value.

Why would God do this for us?? According to Ephesians 2, it’s because God loves us. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  It goes on in verse 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Wow…we are God’s handiwork, and He loves us while we were yet sinners. His love for us is beyond measure, beyond value, and He deemed us to be worth the death on the cross, even though we weren’t worthy. Our cost – faith and love. Believe in the one true living God and engage in a relationship with him. He deemed us worth what we are not worthy of. That’s a pretty sweet deal. 

Christ died for you, for me, for all of us. He paid an amazing cost, so high that we cannot put an earthly value to it, and He did it because of His love for us.

I hope that you are touched when you are pondering the chasm between not being worthy of the cross, and yet being worth the cross. For me, it’s incredibly humbling, and at times, gut-wrenching. Spend some time with your Savior today. If He were doing an advertisement for hair dye, he’d say “After all, I’m worth it”.

Prayer, study, worship & fellowship.





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