Posted by: Jo | October 10, 2014

Worthy Is His Name

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
(Revelation 4:11)

image We received in the mail, just recently, a package from Australia from my husband’s brother which contained exquisite antique china which had belonged to their mother, who had loved searching antique shops to find these beautiful pieces of art work to add to her collection,  which was quiet sizable by the time she died.  My brother-in-law wanted our daughters to have some pieces as a permanent memory of their grandmother. We had them on display on our sideboard until our daughters came to collect them and while they were there one of my friends remarked in awe, “I wonder what they are worth!”  I was thinking about her response to this beautiful china, and began to explore in my mind the meaning of what things or people are “worth”.  When I viewed this precious keepsake from my mother-in-law, no thoughts of monetary value sprang into my mind. The memories wrapped up in each little cup and saucer that had been so carefully chosen so long ago, were priceless.

I decided to check the dictionary to grasp what we meant when we used the word, “worth” for objects or, “worthy” for people.

Worth: value, estimation in respect of quality.

Worthy: distinguished by good qualities, entitled to honour, deserving respect.

My next place to check was Scripture and I was impressed by the number of verses that proclaimed the one name above all names that was deemed worthy, our Lord our God.

“Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain.” (Psalm 48:1)

image We have no problem echoing the psalmists’ heartfelt praises about the worthiness of the God we serve, but as I delved more into this word, that had caught my attention, I discovered that we too fall into the category of being worthy. The Heavenly Father deemed us worthy of being made in his image and to be called his children. His son, our Lord Jesus Christ considered us worthy enough to lay down his life for us.  When we embrace this incredible knowledge of how we are seen in the Lord’s eyes, it makes us re-think what worthiness means.  Paul urges his listeners to remember this in our daily life;

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (Ephesians 4:1)

If indeed we are worthy enough to be called one of God’s children or an equally astounding title, “friend of Jesus” (“You are my friends if you do what I command.” John 15:14) this worthiness needs to be evident to all we come across in our daily life. Our lives should be distinguished by good qualities. Paul gives us a guide line

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2 – 3)image

Humbly accepting that our worthiness exists because of the great love showered upon us by Lord God Almighty is a liberating, life giving thought we can keep close to our hearts no matter whatever is happening around us.

 

 

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  1. Such a comfort to know that our Lord considers us worthy of His Love! Thanks for the reminder Jo !

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  2. As always Jo, a ‘worthy’ blog. Thank you and God bless. Mary.

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  3. Your friend did us all a great favour by asking you that question. “What are they worth?” Your response comforts us greatly. Thank you. You help us by reminding us of the worthiness of all life – putting the sad news of ebola and ISIS in perspective. Regards – Jo

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