Worthy, Part 2
As we have seen and continue to see that the Bible paints a clear picture of Christ’s worthiness, our question today (and everyday for that matter) is what does that mean for us? How is our life supposed to reflect that? Let us continue to pull from the word itself.
In order to rightly see Jesus as a worthy king, we must have an understanding of the value of what He has done for us. The culmination of the entire narrative of the scriptures points to the Son of God, Jesus Christ, paying the ultimate penalty for our sinful nature. This price could not be paid by any other being and in His sinless perfection, Jesus died in our place, that we might be restored to a place of communion with Him for eternity. This sacrifice was not merited by our doing but as Romans 5:8 says “…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ dies for us.”
As a father, I see this play out in our household all the time. My love for my children is not swayed by their ability to properly or effectively clean their room (although sometimes my patience is). Often times they come up to me professing “it is all clean” only for me to discover that a good chunk of the mess is veiled behind stuffed animals and blankets tucked strategically under their bed. My affection and want to care for them and provide for them is not swayed. They do not have to earn my love. They have it all. In the same way, we have not earned the perfect love from the perfect Father, yet because of this perfect love, we are left with an opportunity to respond.
Matthew 10:38-39 finds Jesus giving instruction to His disciples before sending them out on a ministry adventure, saying “And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Ephesians chapter 4 begins with the great words of Paul, saying, “I… urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” It seems as though we are given the chance to rightly respond to this amazing grace we’ve been given; to say through the narrative of our own lives that we value Christ over and above all things. Putting Him first, in our family, our finances, our future hopes and ambitions. Knowing of His immeasurable love for us and the price He paid for our restored communion with Him, both now and forevermore, I urge you to ask yourself the question— does my life show forth to the world around me that He is worthy?