Finding your sense of worth again…
It is appointed for man “once” to die. What we do in the meantime is a daily challenge. A long time ago, I had a heart attack at age 42. Which led to quintuple heart bypass surgery. Eventually over the next several years I suffered 4 strokes, 4 more heart attacks, and had my colon removed. Oh, a couple of years ago I even went blind in my right eye, but they were able to fix that with surgery. I'm not complaining, just telling my story.
After a couple of years of trying to work and fulfill “any” purpose in my life, I realized that I needed to make some changes. I was unable to do my job as a web developer anymore because my mind just didn't click that way anymore. I was always physically active but my heart just could keep up with any pace. Soon I found myself retiring at the age of 49. Way too young!
Ephesians 2 The Message (MSG)
7-10 “Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we should be doing.”
We were created to enjoy daily life with God. Sin tried to destroy that and Adam and Eve's punishment was that Adam would have to “labor” his whole life. So we were created to be busy people with a purpose. We find our self worth in our labors.
But over the past few hundred years, society has changed that feeling of worth to mean that we must work the job to feel good about ourselves, and our contribution to society.
But what about those of us who, no fault of our own, can’t perform a “job”? Over the years I have found it's not just about the money. It's about fulfilling a role, getting something accomplished, helping others, and so on.
Saul was a very passionate man at what he did. He persecuted followers of Christ to death. But once he met Jesus on the Damascus Road, his life of persecuting others, his self worth was ruined forever. So what did he do? By the grace of God he transformed into a man who followed the words of Jesus, allowed for his life to be a living sacrifice so that we all can now have some order and fulfillment in our Christian walk, and his obedience to The Holy Spirit gave us 2/3rds of the New Testament. Nothing is impossible with God.
So for those of us who have had our lives changed in many different ways, causing us to re-evaluate our lives, and find our sense of worth again. Paul is a good example of how to do that.
First let’s start by reading the Word of God regularly to find out for ourselves what it is really saying to “YOU”. It’s good to be in church and have someone preach a message for a bunch of people, but it's even better to find out for ourselves what God is speaking directly to us!
The steadfast love of The Lord never changes but it is new and fresh everyday.
Dig in and see what you see without someone else's take on it.
Listen to that still small voice and see what He says to “YOU”.
If you have a hard time reading like me, find a Bible App that reads it to you.
Pick a version that makes sense to you. (I never spoke Shakespearean so the King James version was always difficult for me. I prefer The Message).
Take notes. With smart phones on us all the time, it is easy to take a quick note when the Holy Spirit speaks to you, maybe even while in line at the store.
Ask God what it is He wants you to do at this point in your life.
STEP OUT…..If you have something inside of you that is burning to get out, let it out.
Take baby steps first. This does not diminish your faith, it tests the spirits to see if they are true.
Once you find something you are passionate about, and God's Grace is all over it, just dig in and do it.
Ephesians 2 The Message (MSG)
19-22 That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.