Our need to feel “worth” is so powerful that we will take whatever gives us a strong sense of value and essentially make it our god and great object of passion and devotion. For example, if a spouse gives us worth—that person becomes our object of greatest affection; or, if our job gives us worth—it will capture the majority of our passion and devotion. These things that give us our sense of worth are what we end up worshipping; that is, what we think about most, what we work hardest at, what we serve with the most passion. It is the thing we don’t think you can live without! Even service in the church can even be deified as the source of our greatest worth!
Think about what gives you a sense of your greatest value.
Now think about losing it—would you have a hard time even knowing who you are anymore? I’d say being a mother and being an attorney are both pretty close to the epicenter of my worth. I’ve done both for so long, I can’t imagine who I would be without these roles. Yet, that’s such a fragile sense of worth—and thus, it behooves me to take a step back and re-evaluate the source of my worth.
My most intrinsic value should come from who I am in Christ; but for this to be true—He must own my heart! We are in a war and the enemy fights to keep God off the throne of our heart. He does everything He can to make God look insignificant, irrelevant, powerless, and uncaring, while presenting the world as having all the answers to our greatest desires.
The enemy appeals to our flesh to give us our sense of worth so he can enslave us; while God offers us His Spirit to give us our worth so He can free us!
We are told:
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)
We need to be actively alert for the thieves that threaten to steal our desire for God. Being alone in quarantine has made me realize how unwittingly—much my identity value has shifted from God—to other things or people. But being alone (without those identities) is allowing me to realize that what I need most to feel valued—is Him. I need to know my value to God more than I need to know my value to any other person. God had a daring plan to rescue me. He chased me down. God thought I was worth dying for. He thought I was worth waiting for—even when I ran from His love. The realization of His love for me gives me inestimable worth.
This thought is motivating me to return to my first love—with God.
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3)
God is revealing the false gods upon which I’ve based my value and refocusing my view to set my mind on things above. There is no one who has done as much for us as God has…and when He is first in our life—we discover our unshakable worth.
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