SELF WORTH AND IDENTITY
You are valuable to God because you are you. We can be liberated to some extent from seeking to gain self-worth through work. I say ‘some extent’ because this is a work in progress. Progress, as in disciplining oneself to find contentment in Jesus’ acceptance of us rather than attempting to find nurture in the erratic breezes of other people’s opinion of our value.
If you are addicted to such pumping up your self-worth through work, break out of it. It’s a prison. When we gain our self-worth through our work, we make ourselves vulnerable to manipulation and workaholism. You might be surprised how much religious busy-work has more to do with earning points than a genuine love for the Lord and other people.
We can only ever be fully human and personable in Jesus. In Jesus alone our humanity flowers and we find the liberty and the life – His life as ours – to know ourselves and other.
Jesus came among us as a human being to enhance our humanity and upgrade it to the level of the sons and daughters of God. Someone wrote a witty book entitled, ‘For God’s Sake Be Human.’ Witty because it was both insightful and necessary for our holiness. ‘Holiness’ as such is not some effete, other worldly piety. It is as John Powell says, being ‘fully human and fully alive.’ We do not reach the heights of humanity as ‘performers.’ We reach the peaks by being ourselves! Here’s the thing. In Christ you can soak in the love of God. In Christ you can achieve the glory of being WHO YOU ARE! So liberated you are now positioned to let those close to you be who they are.
Leave behind your addiction to doing things to gain self-worth. It’s a subtle idol and can ruin your spiritual life just as easily as any drug. Being vulnerable to the opinions of others not only hollows our the real you and makes you a ghost of who you can really be. It destroys your relations with family and those who might have benefited by your fullness among them.
We were born of Christ and have redeemed by a divine conspiracy. ‘The vicarious humanity of Christ reveals a value in humanity: God takes upon our humanity at every point to heal it and redeem it because it is human beings that are valuable to God in themselves, quite apart from their achievements and products.’(1)
(1) Kettler, Christian D.The Breadth and Depth of the Atonement: The Vicarious Humanity of Christ in the Church, the World, and the Self: Essays, 1990–2015 (p. 117). Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.