Worthwhile. Every one of us makes constant decisions based on what we deem to be valuable. It affects everything we do. We follow and inform our lives by that which we assign worth to. Just think about the person who loves a hobby; like golf. He (or she) reads books about it, practice to improve, talk to other people about it, and hopefully plays a lot on an actual course. It informs thinking, talking and doing. This principle is true in almost all areas of our lives. When we deem something or someone as worthy then we arrange our lives in such a way that we can experience that which satisfy. I’m married to Lollie and placed her in a position of worth and therefore my life shows it.
I’m thinking about this subject because I’m trying to figure out what I distinguish as worthy in my life. I’m thinking that another way of describing repentance is ‘a reshuffle of that which we assign worth to.’ When I repent I rearrange my worthy list. Most of us believe that we’re worthy – and it’s definitely true. Repentance is the process in which I see my worth in the light of the Worthy One. It’s not that I have to see myself as not worthy it’s just that I have to accept the fact there is One who is more worthy than me.
This whole subject on worth is very relevant to us in a consumer orientated society. Most of us know what quality is and will pay what we have to in order to obtain that which is of worth. Just think how many times we say or hear ‘I don’t mind paying that amount because it’s really quality.’ This is true for furniture, gadgets, technology, education, vacations, and entertainment. When we decide something is worth it then we will pay the price accordingly. Take for instance my eyes. I spend a lot of time working on a computer; this puts a lot of strain on my eyes. I currently work on a 15 inch screen; if I value my eye-sight then I will take the appropriate measures to relieve the strains on my eyes – pay for a bigger screen – obtain new glasses etc.
The principle is really easy to see. When we appropriate someone or something with worth then we’ll do what it takes to take hold of that what is deemed to be worthy. The expenditure might be money, time or ourselves. Our life rhythms flow out of that or who we see as worthwhile.
Is God worthwhile? This is the question at the heart of repentance or ‘being born again’. When I’m born again I reassign worth. I decide against my old systems of worth. If God is the ultimate person of Worth then my rhythms will reflect it. So when it doesn’t reflect in our lives then we will have to face a very basic question: Is He worth it?
I believe more and more that this is at the heart of the crisis in Christendom. It’s not that people don’t believe in God and all the things He has done. It’s just that people have heard it and found it true but have not assigned it to the spot of Ultimate Worth. When we do this we activate a peculiar emotion in our God. It’s Jealousy.
When we assign worth to anyone or anything above God then He becomes jealous. In fact one of the names for God is THE JEALOUS ONE. This is where Jesus’ warning to his followers that ‘no-one can be My disciple if he doesn’t hate father or mother’ comes into play. This is the words of someone who knows the heart of a jealous lover. Jesus is telling his followers to reassign worth. It’s at this point that we’re faced with the profound truth that we’re not the ultimate worth, that our family is not the ultimate worth, not our jobs or our ministries or hobbies or anything. God is the Ultimate Worthy one.
Another question to ponder is whether I’m worthy of God?
In this week I’m praying that Jesus will be THE WORTHY JEALOUS LOVER in my life and that He will find me worthy.
Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. Psalm 145:13
“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10:35-37
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelations 4:11