There are so many lies we believe, and a whole lot of them have to do with where our worth lies. We put it in so many places that we really shouldn’t put it… but today I’m only going to talk about one of those places.
We often place our worth in what we do. Especially as Christians, we put a lot of stock in “serving God”. We place a lot of our worth in what we can do for God.
And this leads to our believing that, “My worth is based on what I do.”
Which is a lie.
This might not seem like a very deceptive lie… we might think to ourselves, “No, I never believe that lie.” But if you look closer, you’ll realize that you do, more often than you think.
Take a look at this verse:
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the LORD of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything. Rather, He Himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else” (Acts 17:24-25).
God is not a God who needs our service. On the contrary, He is a God who works for us!
Now, don’t think for a minute that I’m making an arrogant statement of how we are so amazing that we are God’s employers and without us, God would be out of a job. That’s not it at all. The truth is that we are so helpless that we can do nothing on our own, and God working for us (or, on our behalf) is our only hope. Does He have to? Absolutely not. But He does, out of His great love for us and in order to bring Himself glory.
It’s really a wonderful truth. Just read these other verses to see what I mean:
- “For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him” (Isaiah 64:4).
- “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
Have you ever felt like you have nothing, or very little, to offer God? Especially when it comes to serving Him? That maybe you aren’t worth as much as another Christian (or non-Christian) because you can’t serve Him as well as others can?
There’s good news for you. It glorifies God when you have nothing to offer except a weak and heavy-laden heart, and you come and bring that to Him. Then, He will work for you. And He will be so strong and so mighty and so glorified in you.
“If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are Mine. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me” (Psalm 50:12-15).
Do you see what He’s saying here? He doesn’t want you to work for Him… He wants to work for you.
That’s the nature of our God. He is a strong, mighty, awesome God, who knows that we’re weak and can’t do it by ourselves. He knows, and so He provides a way… by working for us.
Through the Holy Spirit, He helps us bear fruit.
Through Jesus, He makes us righteous.
Through His love, He gives us a hope and a future.
Looking at all these truths, it kind of demolishes the idea that our worth is in what we do, doesn’t it? But…… where is our worth?
“For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:20).
Our worth is based on Jesus Christ and the price He paid for us.
And therefore…. we ought to glorify Him with our bodies. Wait–is that us working for Him?
Not at all.
- “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
- “‘I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing'” (John 15:5).
- “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20).
Even our glorifying God–our bearing fruit, loving others, living for Jesus–even that comes from God at work within us. He is the One causing our growth, enabling us to love, tending that fruit. And so who gets the glory? He does.
So next time you’re tempted to believe the lie that your worth rests in what you can do for God, remember that it doesn’t. It rests, instead, in what God did and is doing and will do in and for you.
“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isaiah 46:4).