This word. Worthy. The question of what it actually means to be worthy has been playing over and over in my mind all week and just like many other questions the answer usually depends on who you ask. So naturally I asked google. “What is the definition of Worthy?”
worthyadjective wor·thy \ˈwər-thē\
Simple Definition of worthy
: good and deserving respect, praise, or attention
: having enough good qualities to be considered important, useful, etc
There it is, good, deserving respect, considered important, useful…so who decides that? Who decides what is good? Well, let’s think about our options. If my worthiness depends on the culture than it will change depending on what society values at the time. If my circumstances, family, and environment determine my value then all of these things are outside of my control and there is nothing I can do to affect how worthy I am. If it is my actions that are the determining factor than what decides which actions are “good” and which are not. Is it even possible to know what my worth is? A simple answer, yes. Your value, my value, anyone’s worthiness really doesn’t depend on us. It depends on something far greater than us.
When we look at the world around us we see hate, bigotry, natural disasters, death, homelessness, starvation, childlessness, the shear magnitude of evil around us can be overwhelming and when we compare ourselves to that we seem like we’ve got things pretty well in hand. Compared to everything that’s happening in the world I’d say my life looks pretty good, but let’s take a minute and separate ourselves from the fallen conditions around us. Let’s just look at us… or no, me, my own heart, lets look at that because my worthiness does not depend on what’s happening in the world, it depends on what’s happening in my heart and when I look at that I see everything in a different light. In my heart there is pride, jealousy, and hate, just to name a few off the top of my head. Now, I’ve never killed anyone and overall I’ve done some OK things in my life so with that in mind I’d say I am a pretty good person overall. I have some bad things but hey who doesn’t. I’m still good enough, that doesn’t make me unworthy, or does it?
Well that depends. If there’s no standard of what is good or bad, right or wrong, than absolutely! Live however you want because ultimately it really doesn’t matter, except that it does. There are standards. The bible clearly lists standards that we are supposed to attain to. They lay out the perfect life, how to live without sin. The only problem is this: No one qualifies (Romans 3:10). What does this mean? It means we are lost. We are a people without hope struggling in vain to be good and attain a standard which in the end is like treading a stormy sea. We are cold, wet, exhausted, and alone. We feel as if the strength in our body is failing and soon the sea will overtake us. Only to our surprise someone has thrown out a life preserver. There is one who is worthy. One who has managed to rise above temptation and the evil that surrounds us to live perfectly. God came down in human flesh to be one of us. It was His plan all along. He saw His creation, humanity, and knew we would never be able to attain to this standard, but the standard could not be changed. God is not only perfectly good but He is perfectly just. He must judge sin and He is holy so he cannot be near sin. In order for God to be Holy and still be able to love His creation, to draw near to His people, than payment must be made, the sin had to be atoned for. His solution, to leave the glory of Heaven and be Emmanuel “God with us.” He lived perfectly so that in the end He would be the final sacrifice, the perfect lamb to offer as payment for the sins of a dying world.
Today, my friends, is Good Friday. The day we look back and clearly see the death of a man who committed no crimes, the sinless Son of God “who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29). He is what makes us worthy because He is worthy.
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”
Can I just be honest for a moment friends? I really think part of our problem as a culture especially as believers in our culture is that we focus way to much attention 0n this question, our own worthiness. We remind ourselves constantly that we are enough, we are beautiful, and worthy. We buy prints, mugs, t-shirts, and books that tell us what we need to feel better about ourselves. Now don’t get me wrong. I love many of those prints, mugs, t-shirts, and books. Hey, I even sell some of them, but I think many times our focus is wrong because it is on ourselves. In the end what makes us confident is not our own self-worth but how much value we find in our Creator.
“for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,”
So today sisters let’s remember the One who is worthy.