One of these false conceptions that is a major stronghold for so many, is the idea of our worth. In the World system, they go to extremes to prove their worth. Their worth is wrapped up in their work abilities. Their worth is placed heavily upon their physical body. They perceive value by how many find them appealing. Sadly, some in the Church also look in all the wrong places to discover their worth in the Family of God.
So many look to their performance and ability to behave as their worth to God. Just, recently a major grace teacher slipped up. Opened the wrong door. Made a poor choice and interrupted his life and family by being in an adulterous relationship. Now to some he is no longer worthy of being used by God. His witness is "tainted". His destiny is over. He disrupted God's plan for him. He is finished. Is this so?
Religious tradition heartily says yes. Wrong. His worth is not found in his ability to perfectly keep God's standard of love and integrity. When God gave him the plan and destiny for his life don't you think God already knew he would make a mess of things? This is why we need grace, folks. Certainly, adultery is terrible and hurtful. This is not saying it is a good thing to hurt others because of grace.
I am saying this minister's worth isn't tied to his performance. God will restore and make things new and bring healing to all those affected. This is just one example of where our worth is found. Too many look to themselves for their worth.
Be honest. If our dutiful and diligent abilities is where our worth is found then how much is required? What is the standard? Meaning, just how much prayer time makes you worthy in God's sight? How much Bible reading and devotional time is enough? See how this "hamster wheel" Christianity came about?
It is never enough. I have sat through meetings where people cram an altar crying and pleading with God to forgive their lack of commitment. You aren't doing enough. You need to try harder. There is much more for you to do. You need to know more. You know God isn't pleased with you right now. You could be doing more if you would turn that TV off. You would have more time with God if you just got away from everyone. I've heard these concepts many times.
Our worth is found in His Finished Work
This is a powerful passage. The Lord directed me to this passage once long ago. He taught me early on my worth was found in Him and the Finished Work. Of course religion kept muddying the waters with tradition and Law and performance based faith that I couldn't always see this beautiful truth until I received grace understanding.