WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
SEPTEMBER 6, 2022
TOPIC: YOU ARE UNWORTHY BUT NOT WORTHLESS
BY T. O. BANSO
“So I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts’” (Isaiah 6:5 New King James Version).
There are two keywords in this topic: unworthy and worthless. By unworthy, I mean undeserving or not worthy, and by worthless, I mean not having value or without worth. John the Baptist said he was not worthy to stoop down and loose the sandal strap of Jesus (Mark 1:7; Luke 3:16; John 1:27). And the centurion in Luke 7 told Jesus that he was not worthy that Jesus should enter under his roof and he did not think himself worthy to go to Jesus to plead for the healing of his servant (verses 6-7).
The Bible says God created man in His image (Genesis 1:27). God created you in His image, so you’re not worthless before God or on earth, no matter your present state or past experiences. God didn’t create a worthless human being. The devil lies to many people that they are worthless. This has made them have a poor self-image. Consequently, some have committed suicide.
David said in Psalm 8:4: “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?” (New King James Version). Also, he said in Psalm 144:3, “LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him?” (New King James Version). This is quoted in Hebrews 2:6. Man is of much value to God; you’re not worthless. Psalm 8:5 says God made man a little lower than the angels and crowned him with glory and honour.
In the Garden of Eden, man sinned and God ejected him from the beautiful garden. The Bible says all have sinned and have come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). But that was not the end. As sinners, we deserved to spend eternity in hell, but God, by His mercy, sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us. The angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, God has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day (Jude 6). God had no programme of redemption for them as He had for man.
Human beings are not worthy that Jesus should come and die for us, but God chose to send Him. Jesus died, and anyone who believes in Him shall be saved. They will have eternal life. As John 1:12 says, to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, He gave the right to become children of God.
If you have given your life to Jesus, you are saved. It is not that you deserved it; it is by the mercy of God. You’re not worthless. The price you pay for something shows its value. The price God paid for your salvation was the life of His Son – His precious blood. 1 Peter 1:18-19 says believers were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from their aimless conduct received by tradition from their fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and spot.
When a child of God looks at himself and considers what God has done for Him, saving Him, protecting him, and even forgiving the sins he has committed after giving his life to Jesus, he will feel unworthy. But he can also feel worthless if he listens to the devil’s sermon! Satan always wants you to feel worthless. But you’re not worthless; you’re unworthy.
In the year that King Uzziah died, the Prophet Isaiah said he saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple (Isaiah 6:1). He saw above the LORD seraphs. Each had six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew (verse 2). One cried to another, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” (Isaiah 6:3 New King James Version). The Temple was shaken to its foundations, and the sanctuary was filled with smoke.
When Isaiah saw all this, he admitted his sinfulness. “So I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts’” (Isaiah 6:5 New King James Version). The New Living Salvation says, “Then I said, ‘It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.’”
Isaiah saw his unworthiness. When you look at yourself and see the holiness of God, you will feel unworthy, except, of course, you’re ignorant of your state and the fate awaiting the sinner if not for God’s mercy and the work of Jesus on the cross.
In Romans 7:24, Paul called himself a wretched man – unhappy, distressed, miserable – a man controlled by the sin nature. But he was not worthless. He immediately thanked God for saving him through Jesus Christ. There is victory over the sin nature through Christ Jesus.
God loves every human being. That’s why He sent His son to die to save all (John 3:16). If you’ve given your life to Jesus, He loves you even more. He loves you as He loves Jesus. Even when God’s children do what is wrong, He still loves them. They, not God, lose. But it pains God.
You’re not worthless. If you’re born again, you’re redeemed with the precious blood of God’s Son. “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20 New King James Version). Because of who you are in God, you should flee from sin and be holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). Before God made the world, He loved you and chose you in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes (Ephesians 1:4).
1 Peter 2:9-10 says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy” (New King James Version). If you’re born again, you belong to a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation. You’re not worthless.
You are of immense value to God – more valuable than all the other creatures of God (Matthew 6:26; 10:29-31). You’re the apple of His eye (Deuteronomy 32:10). He who touches you touches the apple of His eye (Zechariah 2:8). You belong to God; you’re called by His name and precious to Him; you’re honoured and God loves you (Isaiah 43:1,4). You’re unworthy, but you’re not worthless.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Father, thank You for all You have done for me that I am unworthy of. I thank You that I’m not worthless. I pray that You will deliver all those being tormented with a feeling of worthlessness. They will appreciate the love of God for them and what the death of Jesus did for them on the cross. May grace and peace be multiplied to every child of God in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
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T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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