In an effort to live my best millennial life, I was listening to the Super Soul Sunday podcast and in this particular episode, Oprah was interviewing Dr. Brene Brown. The interview centered around Dr. Brown’s research on shame and vulnerability and within the context of these topics she said something that struck me “ God is the inherent reminder of our worthiness”. That quote has been bouncing around my mind ever since.
I asked myself so many questions. Do I act like I know that I am worthy because God says I am worthy? Do I find my worth in earthly concepts like success, possessions, relationships, and achievements? What would it look like for me to always act, communicate, and lead from a place of unshakeable worthiness?
We are all part of different cultures and subcultures and these require of us different things. How can we approach the myriad of requirements from a place of worthiness?
I think first we have to look at what’s constant. Culture is ever-changing, so it’s definitely not that. However, God is constant. Thankfully, the greatest act of love on Calvary happened more than 2000 years ago and NOTHING can change that. Which means that from the day you were formed in your mother’s womb you’ve been worthy. Let that sink in. When the tides of insecurity, doubt, fear, guilt, and self-hate come, be reminded of that which has not and will not change, His love.
I struggle with this, so don’t think I’ve solved the conundrum of love. Every day, I have to remind myself that regardless of how much weight I lose or gain, how many degrees I have or don’t have, what my bank account balance is, whether I am in full-time ministry or not, and finally what my marital status is; God, says I am worthy. SANTO. Paul approaches this topic in his letter to the Romans:
“Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” Romans 8:35-39(MSG)
What would your life look like if you walked every single day with the unshakeable knowledge that you are worthy of love, acceptance, joy, and peace because Jesus already decreed it?
The peace laden news is that He already assigned your life un-measurable worth when He gave his life for you. I challenge you, (and myself) to live out your God-given purpose with atomic force.