Growing Faith in Your Value To God Leads You to Live a Life Worthy of Heave
The value God places on us is spoken of many times in the Bible.
Romans 5:8-9 8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
This verse sums it up and it is repeated again in the book of John, often said to be the sweetest verse in all of the bible
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Although I like to give myself the following affirmation every morning, “God woke you up today so you are worth something to him, and that’s all you need,” I understand that living a life deserving of God’s favor is not as simple as acknowledging my worth to God and affirming my own self-worth.
James 2:22-23,24,26 22Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith,24Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Faith, without works, is dead; it takes a little more effort of the soul than just believing that we are going to heaven to get us there. Self-worth is often misplaced in the value of what we have over who we are. Loss of faith is often paired with diminished self-worth that can create a cycle of loss in our souls.
It is important to know that God has such great love for us and places such high value on the worth of our souls that He forms His judgment by looking into our hearts. When we are aware of the value God places on us it is easier to work toward strengthening our own value system and gaining a newfound wealth in our selves.
This development or expansion of self-worth and feelings of increasing value leads to enhanced spiritual and intellectual growth. As we strive to learn God’s will and gain some understanding of how to walk in the way of the lord we grow spiritually in learning what is pleasing to God. The continuing awareness of God’s love strengthening that spiritual growth increases our self-worth and desire to live in is grace as we follow the correct path toward knowing God’s will and understanding what He deems to be worthy of His grace.
We can pray for one another the same way Paul prayed that the Colossians might be “filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,” so that everyone we love learns to walk worthy the lord. Paul gives us four ways to accomplish such lofty goals in the following verse.
Colossians 1:8-14 8Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. 9For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God 11Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son 14In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins
Four Ways to Walk Worthy of The Lord
Being fruitful in every good deed
Continuous growth and productivity at every turn in this life. The dictionary defines fruitful as producing good results and abundant growth, therefore we should continue to grow and seek productivity in our faith, and works as we endure to our reward.
Increasing in the knowledge of God
Increasing here should be understood by us as increasing our own faith and spreading the Gospel and telling others about the Savior.
Be steadfast and longsuffering through God’s strength
As God’s people we need to trust in God’s power for strength in every situation through life with full faith and knowledge that God’s power is supreme and more than sufficient for anything we might encounter while our own strength is insignificant in comparison.
Give thanks to the Father with Joy
Learn to live with praise and thanksgiving; this is a key element in steadfastness, as well as all other facets of Christian life. Giving God joyful praise and thanksgiving takes the focus and worship away from ourselves and places that focus where it belongs, on Almighty God.
Working on Self-Worth & Learning to Walk in His Worth
These writings are acknowledgement of my value to God and joyful praise to him as I strive to share my lessons on developing my faith, knowing my worth, and walking with the Lord. May they also serve as a fervent prayer that others know and appreciate their self-worth without sensing such loss. As I work each day to find something new to value in myself, I’m also hoping these teachings help to polish my soul into another shiny penny worthy of presentation to God for His judgement.
Every part of this blog has brought a new lesson and change every week. Sometimes a new development comes about daily and I want to change everything about this process except for the fact that I finally feel I am in the right place to follow the path the Lord has laid out for me.
I appreciate everyone who takes the time to read and hope that you all are learning as much on this journey as I am. I also pray that the tweaks and changes don’t cost me any readers as I adjust to writing and posting this way with new schedules and missed blogs. I assure you all that I am working toward something wonderful and rewarding if you are patient enough to grow and learn this process with me.