God is Worthy

We’ve come to dismiss the worth of God in our lives. We ignore him. We pretend he doesn’t exist. We want nothing to do with him. So maybe he’ll just go away and leave us alone.

After all, he doesn’t answer when we pray. We say we don’t see the good he does. We don’t believe he hears our prayers. We wonder if he sees our suffering. Does he even exist? So we block him from our lives. We turn to other things hoping they bring fulfillment. They become our god. 

We often disrespect God by using his name in vain. We use his name as a cuss word instead of a word of reverence. We dishonor God by disobeying him.

We don’t read the Bible, so we don’t really know God. We ignore his warnings. We refuse to listen to the still small voice of reason.  Our conscience dies a slow death. We become numb to evil. We’ve lost sight of eternity.

 All for the sake of pleasure. For the fulfillment of our twisted desires. Nothing is off limits. Because in our minds, God doesn’t matter. We wonder if he even exists. We give ourselves over to moral filth.  Because we’ll be the boss our of own lives. No one will control me. We say.

We’ve gotten to the point that we are lawless. Everything is acceptable. So we live for the moment. With no thought of eternity. Because what if eternity doesn’t exist? What if this life is all we have?

Maybe we believe God exists. But he’s not my type. Oh. I’m a good person. We tell ourselves. And that’s good enough.  But is it really?

For those of us who say we’re believers, we don’t act like it. We don’t spend time in God’s Word. We don’t pray. We don’t set aside time to worship with other believers. We think we’re not worthy of God’s love. We’ve forgotten, or perhaps we’ve never understood, that God is worthy. We are unworthy. But his love and forgiveness and sacrificial gift made us worthy. 

God is worthy. Why? He is our Creator. The Giver of Life. The Prince of Peace. 

Peacemaker, Fear Taker, Soul Soother, Storm Smoother, Light Shiner, Lost Finder, Cloud Lifter, Deliverer, Heart Toucher, Truth Lover, Who other could be Fear Taker, Peacemaker to me, 

Mind Clearer, Sigh Healer, Hand Holder, Consolor, Wound Binder, Tear Dryer, Strength Giver, Provider, Heart Healer, Kind Father, Who other could be, My Savior, Peacemaker to me

Greg Ferguson

You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power. Revelation 4:11


Glory. God deserves our praise. He is our Creator. Our words and actions show whether our lives are centered around God. We are on full display for God and the world to see our opinion of Him. All we have to do is speak. Or act. Or think. God does know our thoughts. Are our motives based in love?

We give glory to God when we have faith in his promises.

God does not need us, and still, in all His self-sufficiency, He wants us. He is independent of His creation, yet His desire to be united to that creation shows His genuine and unmatched love for us. A love that is worthy of all glory forever.

Christina Patterson

Honor. God deserves our adoration. He deserves our respect. When we admire someone, we place them in a position of honor. We are happy to serve them and give them our best. Do we ever stop to think of doing the same for God? He is our creator. He is our strength. He is our redeemer. All we have comes from God. Nothing else deserves top billing in our lives over him. Nothing.

The Bible says every knee shall bow before God. Every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. I try to envision myself in that moment.  What will it be like? This small, imperfect person bowing to the Creator of Life and King Eternal. Who am I to think I’m worthy to be in his presence? But I will stand there receiving my eternal destiny. How humbling. I’m brought to tears just thinking of being in God’s presence. And then he reviews everything I’ve ever done and said. My lifetime performance review where nothing is hidden.  But mercy and love have been offered. How well have I honored my Lord? How will I be judged?

Power. God deserves our trust. He receives power when his creation honors him. We give power to the person or thing where we focus our time and energy. Imagine the power He could use if only we placed our full trust in him. If we honored him the way we were meant to. Just imagine what God would do if our hearts were turned toward him.

God is inviting us to know him. He wants to have a relationship with each of us. We can choose to accept his invitation. He is worthy of our allegiance. If we don’t recognize God’s true worth, how can we ever truly worship him?

Worthy

2017 marks the fourth year I have chosen a word for the year.  Poise.  Simplify.  Share.  Worthy.

  1. The word was poise. Poise:  Graceful and elegant bearing in a person.  Grace, gracefulness, elegance, balance, control. 

My dad was placed in hospice in February 2014.  I realized then that by the end of the year, I would lose my first parent.  What actually happened was that my Dad got better for a couple of months.  Then one Sunday morning I got a phone call from my sister telling me that my Mom had unexpectedly passed away in her sleep.  What!?  Mother is gone?  But, Daddy….  After hearing that he had lost his wife of almost 60 years, he followed her to heaven 11 days later.  Breathe.  Grieve.  Celebrate.  Remember.  Grace.  Poise.

3 months later, we sold the family farm.  More memories.  More letting go.  Neighbors.  Farmers.  Auction.  Bittersweet.  Grace.  Control.  Balance.  Poise.

God is good.  He led my family through that very difficult time.  We knew He was with us, providing the advisers we needed as we let go.  Moving to a new phase in our lives and in our family.  Life can change so suddenly.  God is still good and God is always good.

  1. The word was simplify. Simplify: Make something simpler or easier to do or understand.  To make less complex or complicated.

My husband and I owned a duplex.  We lived in one half and rented out the other half.  We were landlords.  We didn’t want to be landlords.  We decided it was time to pare down and own only one home.  We sold both houses and bought one.  We no longer had to manage two yards or expenses for two homes.  We no longer had to find new tenants when one would move.

We moved to one home with a smaller, more manageable yard.  We felt liberated.  We felt so at home in our new house, 80’s wallpaper and all.  Life felt so much simpler.

  1. The word was share. Share: have a portion of something with another or others.  Split, divide, go halves on.

My husband and I had multiple opportunities to share with others.  We shared meals with old and new friends in our home.  We shared financial gifts with individuals and families when God directed us.  We shared purses with victims of domestic violence.  We helped provide winter coats for children who didn’t have one.  We shared our home with a young family for a few days.  We shared words of wisdom with friends when God led us.  We opened our home to a dog that needed rescued from a bad situation.

  1. The word is worthy. Worthy: Having or showing the qualities or abilities that merit recognition in a specified way.  Good and deserving respect, praise or attention.

My Bible study group studied Ephesians.  Chapter 4, verse 1 says “live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”  The word “worthy” jumped out at me as I was praying and searching for my one word for this year.  I knew it was the word as soon as I read it, but I needed confirmation.  As I studied the list of other words I was considering, I knew that God had led me to my word.  My one word.  Worthy.  I have no idea how He will use it in my life this year.  Just as he has done the past 3 years, I know He will use it to draw me closer to Him.  To deepen our relationship.

Two weeks after I chose my word, my lesson in “worthy” began.  I was talking with someone who is sometimes known to be “difficult”.  She made an unexpected comment that really took my breath away.  When she said it, I sat motionless.  Not wanting to show my true feelings.  You see, I am one who needs time to process words and ideas and thoughts thrown at me.  I needed to step back and think about what she was actually trying to say to me.  Was there a hidden message?  Was she hinting at something that someone else had been saying about me?  Was it just a random thought she threw out for no reason?  I have no idea.  But what I do know is that she planted a seed of doubt and fear in me.  She made me feel unworthy.

After I claimed the word “worthy”, an old hymn came to mind.

“Unworthy”

Unworthy am I of the grace that He gave,
Unworthy to hold to His hand;
Amazed that a King would reach down to a slave,
This love I cannot understand.

Chorus
Unworthy, unworthy, a beggar;
In bondage and alone;
But He made me worthy and now by His grace,
His mercy has made me His own.

My sorrow and sickness laid stripes on His back,
My sins caused the blood that was shed;
My faults and my failures have woven a crown
Of thorns, that He wore on His head.

Unworthy am I of the glory to come,
Unworthy with angels to sing;
I thrill just to know that He loved me so much,
A pauper, I walk with the King

I know there will be people who make me feel unworthy.  But I also know that One person loved me enough to have His Son die on the Cross for me.  He died so my sins could be forgiven.  I don’t always feel worthy of His love, but His love makes me worthy.