Knowing Your Worth
Proverbs 22:1 " A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver or gold."
I woke this morning wanting to share the importance of knowing your value. As a Christian, your identity is not established through your career, your denomination, the church you attend, your family heritage, your culture, your nationality, nor the earthly mentor you associate with. Your identity is solely established in Jesus Christ. This makes you significant. Why? Christ identifies your worth to Him. He confirmed it on the cross.
· Genesis 17:2 " I will establish my covenant between Me and you, And I will multiply you exceedingly." God was telling Abraham His intentions to use Abraham to build the nation of Israel. God promises the same for you. His desire is to use you to further His kingdom. Is the investment He has established in you paying dividends? Why? or Why not?
· Psalms 119: 5 "Oh that my ways may be established to keep your statutes!" The psalmist is petitioning God's help, exposing his heart's desire to walk closely with God and implement God's desires. Do you petition God to help you establish and implement your plans or His?
· Psalms 119:133 "Establish my footsteps in Your word, And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me." Iniquity is defined as immoral or grossly unfair behavior. Is your behavior unfair to God? Are your desires to allow Him to use you to expose Him to others? Are you ashamed? Are you bold? Step beyond yourself, out of your boat of fear and allow God to use you reach those who do not know Him.
· Mathew 4:19, Mark 1:17 Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men." Christ does not require earthly wealth or any of the man made credentials to provide the significance He has placed in you. Just by your acceptance as Christ as your savior, you have accepted your responsibility to fulfill your duty, bring all who are willing to follow to Him. Do not be negligent! Once you submit yourself, Christ will begin to direct you how He wants you to fish and even which side of the boat to fish on.
When you accepted Christ, God has deposited Himself in your account, your heart. All of Himself. All that He is, His power, His Spirit, His Son. Why? He created you. He loves you. Like any good father, He wants to leave His inheritance to you and your children's children. How are you managing your account? Are you balanced? Have you budgeted yourself, not over spend what you do not have in areas you do not need to be spending too much time or effort? Are you depositing your worth in the lives of others? Are others aware of the presence of Christ in you? Do they have access to your account? Are you willing to share or do you hoard yourself, as if locked up like Fort Knox?
Think about what I have shared. If you do not have a joint account, go to Him and ask Him for the strength and willingness to do so. Share Him! Others will not be fed if you do not.