Knowing your worth as a Christian
What is our worth and where do we find it?
When we talk about knowing our worth as a Christian, there are a few ways that we can think about it. For the most part, when we talk about someone’s worth we use adjectives – we could say they are beautiful, smart, strong, loved or thoughtful. However, the worth of something is the price that one would pay for it. Oxford dictionary defines worth as “equivalent in value to the sum or item specified.”
An example of this is a piece of fine art at an auction. If person 1 was to purchase it for $1,000 then that’s what it’s worth, but if person 2 was to purchase it for $1,000,000 then that is the worth of the painting.
Let’s take that principle and apply it to ourselves. It’s safe to say that most people would have a low self-worth. We don’t often meet people who value themselves really highly and would say they’re confident in who they are and that’s pretty normal. As humans, and especially as women, we spend so much time getting our worth from how other people see us, talk about us, or even what our achievements are.
Does the Bible help us with knowing our worth as a Christian?
Thankfully for us, the Bible is full of encouragement and guidance. It speaks on just about every topic we could wish for, and even if it doesn’t say a specific topic, we have enough guidance and principles to be able to come to a solid conclusion.
In this case, the Bible tells us all about our worth. Let’s unpack some key verses and thoughts together.
Our worth is in Christ who gave His life for us
Romans 5:8 says “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This verse tells us exactly what our worth is. Our worth is Christ who gave his life for us.
It was our sin that separated us from God, and without some way of reconciling, we would be punished for our sin by a righteous God. But it was through the death of Jesus, who was a sinless and perfect sacrifice, that our sins are forgiven and we can be made right with God. All we need to do is turn from our sin and put our faith in Jesus.
God knew us before we were born
Psalm 139:13–14 says “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” This verse is a beautiful encouragement. You, and every person, is a masterpiece created by God. Every single person – unique, special, and knit together in the womb. All it takes is studying the science behind DNA to know that we HAD to be created by God.
Final thoughts on worth
Our worth is far too often based on what other people tell us about ourselves. While it can feel nice to be complimented by others and have them value you, we cannot do this. Our true worth is only found in Christ. He is the ultimate authority about our worth and if we search for it in other people, things or places we will always be left feeling empty.
Jesus knew His worth and He did not let other people determine it. He knew His idenity was as the Son of God and took this directly from the Father. He knew He was chosen to be the saviour of the world and would die for the sins of all humans. Mark 10:45 says “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Know that you are worth everything. You are worthy. We are worthy to God because our salvation came at the cost of Jesus’ own life.
If you’re still wanting to learn more about your worth, make sure you check out our podcast episode “Worthy.” In this episode, we are going to discuss your worth – where do you find it? Is it in a person, thing, title or possession? Does the Bible say anything about our worth? How do we know if we are putting it in the right things?
Written by gracebuckman
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