Remembering Who I Am
“I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. “
What am I worth? If your friends were to be asked that question you would get one point of view. If your enemies, or people who don’t like you, were asked that question, you’d get another point of view. Ask that question of an employer and the answer will often be given in terms of productivity and the dollar value a person adds to the company. A lot of people are impressed by that kind of answer. They define their worth by how much they accomplish and how much they earn. But frankly, defining a person’s worth that way isn’t too impressive.
If you ask the Lord Jesus about your worth, He will tell you that it’s not centered in what you do but in who you are. If you are a believer, your worth is found in your identity as a temple of the living God. By the Holy Spirit, Christ the Lord lives in you!!
Consider the worth of the White House. Contrary to some opinions, it is not the most impressive home in the United States. But it is by far the most valuable. Why?? Because of who lives there. The value of the White House lies in its being the home of the President of the United States.
The same is true of you and I. We gain our worth by being the dwelling place of God’s Spirit. What an exhilarating truth!! Honestly, you and I will never have enough wealth or gather enough awards to really “feel good” about ourselves. And we don’t need to. Our value comes from sharing Paul’s great confession: “It is no long I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.”
Also, if, as a believer, I am going to truthfully answer the question “What am I worth?”, I come to the startling, yet wonderful reality that I am worth the death of the Son of God. That means I’m pretty expensive. A great price was paid for me for which I am eternally grateful. As Paul so eloquently put it, “You have been bought with a price!” (1 Corinthians 7). Next time the question arises, “Who do you think you are?” it’s time to say, “Praise God, I know who I am and I know what I’m worth!!”
mmmmmm...........Think about it!