What am I really worth?
1 Corinthians 3:18-23 (NIV): “Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are Yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are Yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.”
I would like to begin by asking three important questions: Who are you? What is your worth? and What determines your identity? The answers lie in understanding “Whose” we are. We are God’s most incredible masterpiece, set apart for a unique purpose. Our worth and purpose cannot be found in this world, as God had a perfect plan for each of us even before we were born. So let us have a fresh revelation and realize that we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to walk in (Ephesians 2:10).
In knowing “Whose” we are by finding our identity and purpose in God, may we be determined this week to:
Exercise patience. We can rely on God’s promises to be true forever, and maintain faith in His unchanging character and plans for us. Even though we might have the question in our hearts, “God, how long?”, let us always remember that He is in control and will never fail us because He is good, compassionate, gracious, forgiving, loving and faithful. Even His timing demonstrates His sovereignty. May Lamentations 3:25 (AMP) speak directly to each of us, “The Lord is good to those who wait [confidently] for Him, to those who seek Him [on the authority of God’s word].”
Trust God wholeheartedly. What a comfort to know that God directs our steps, and we don’t need to understand everything that happens along the way. We can make many plans, but ultimately, God’s plan prevails (Proverbs 19:21).
Cultivate a joyful attitude and heart. True joy is not solely a fleeting emotion, but an enduring attitude that stems from unwavering trust in God. This perspective is firmly grounded in finding our contentment in our Lord. Psalm 16:11 (AMP) reminds us, “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.”
Acknowledge the blessings in our lives. By doing so, we cultivate humility, gratitude and a deeper spiritual connection. Let’s follow the advice of the Psalmist in Psalm 100:4-5 and approach God with thanksgiving and praise. We should give thanks to Him and praise His name, for our Lord is good and His love endures forever. His faithfulness continues through all generations.
As we consider our worth before our loving God, may we remember that the One who created us, showed His great love, by allowing the sacrifice of His only son, Jesus, on the cross of Calvary. As we accept His sacrifice to personally wipe us clean of our earthly mistakes, and open the door of heaven to us, may we find great comfort in the words of John 3:16 (NIV): “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” And that is why you and I are of great, great worth!
Lord, please forgive us for our impatience and unbelief. Thank You for Your character and promises that we can hold onto, even if we are going through tough times.
Lord, thank You that You are such a good Father. Lord, thank You that You just want the best for us, although we may, time and again, every day want to make our own plans, You direct us to the right plans, the plans of Your heart for us. And Lord, I just want to pray for each and every one, that they will seek You and surrender whatever they trust You for. That they will surrender it at Your feet, and know that You are a faithful God and that Your timing is perfect. Lord, I want to pray that we don’t waste time, but that we will rather take that time to worship You and spend time in Your presence. Thank You that You are the final decision-maker of our lives, Lord. And we just want to say thanks to that, Lord. You are amazing.
Oh Lord, let us remember that joy is not a happy feeling, but it’s an attitude that comes from trusting in You, and finding contentment in You. Lord, please help us to feel the joy and share it with others. Lord, let others see that joy within us, even through our trials. And let us know that we’re always here for one another if we need that little extra boost. Lord, we thank You. We love You, and we adore You.
Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You that You do not change ever, not today, not yesterday, and not tomorrow. I thank You that You are faithful, and I thank You that You are faithful through the generations, Lord Jesus. I thank You that You are always good, no matter what, Father God. And I just pray that we would enter each and every single day with thanksgiving, Lord. Help us to maintain an attitude of gratitude, Father God, to have thankful hearts, Lord Jesus. Thank You, and help us to really be aware of the blessings that we have in our life, Lord Jesus. Help us to actually appreciate and to never take for granted or to grow familiar with all of the blessings that You have given us that we have currently in our hands, Lord. And Father, I just pray that You’ll help us to open our eyes to others and to minister to them and to actually care and check-in. Check-in with people that we may have contact with, our neighbours, with any people. To actually truly ask them how they are doing and to find out what is going on in their world and to really pray for them, Father. We just love You so very much and we thank You. In Jesus’ name.
Jesus, thank You so much that You are the source, thank You that You are the foundation we get to build on. And I pray that we will be branches stuck into You, sucking for dear life, holding on, not thinking about the outward, not being focussed on the outward, but Jesus, 100% being solely focused on where our life comes from. And it’s in You, because Jesus, we know that all good things come from You, and that’s why we pray this in Your beautiful name alone. Amen.
(This WRAP is with great appreciation towards Jannie, Marius, Michelle, Bruwer and Kristen)
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