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What am I Worth in God’s Eyes? Part I

November 1, 2012

One of the larger problems that confronts each of us and the church as a whole is the question of personal worth. We all struggle with it at times in our lives unless we are completely unrealistic about our limitations.

Those that seem to believe that they have no personal limitations may merely be unrealistically hiding from inevitable suffering. Those who tell you that if you belong to Jesus you should be up all the time may not yet have reached their point of crisis or are hiding the troubles that they are truly going through. Certainly, the apostles had no such life, nor the prophets, nor the kings that found favor in God’s eyes, nor Jesus, for that matter.

The problem is that we measure ourselves by comparing ourselves with others, how they have gone through their trials against the way we have gone through our own. If we imagine that we have done better, it could well be because we imagine that our struggle was harder and that we did better and we don’t really appreciate what they are going through. or, on the contrary, we may imagine, since we are closer to our own suffering, that others are getting a relatively free ride. Paul tells us that comparing ourselves with one another is foolish:

For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.  -II Corinthians 10:12 KJV

What is particularly unwise is that we use our comparisons to measure our self-worth. If this is the way we measure our self-worth and it is not good, what is the way we should measure?

More to come.

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