Many approach Mondays with grief and dread. We look down the week to see schedules and demands of work, school, children, spouses and church and think, “Here we go again.” But today, I want to challenge you not to focus on the routines and demands that the beginning of the week brings, but instead give attention to God-the Creator of all things; set in order the mayhem of Monday by knowing the value of your Savior and your worth in Him.
“Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?” (Matthew 6:26; emphasis added).
Our worth is not determined by our last names or our bank accounts. Our education, position, or the kind of cars we drive is important to the World’s agenda only: “Come out from among them and be separate from them, says the Lord…” (2 Corinthians 6:17; emphasis added). We should not allow anyone to make us feel inadequate if we were not raised in a perfect family; or if our bank accounts remain in the negative status more days than we care to admit; or if we don’t have a college degree, high school diploma, or even a GED; or if our home consists of a couch in a family member’s garage. None of that defines us. It is God’s validation alone that guarantees us. In God’s eyes we are perfect because He sees you and me through the blood of Jesus Christ- ”All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23).
Scripture describes Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist like this:
“As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, ‘You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy’” (Mark 1:10-11).
Until Jesus was authenticated by the voice of God, to those watching, He was another person claiming to be the Messiah, but with the Father’s approval, things changed. The same is true for you and me. Without our heavenly Father’s backing, we are just lost sinners in a rat race chasing agendas and purposes that never seem to follow through on their promises. We change jobs and relationships often in search of something that fills us and satisfies unspoken-unreachable-unattainable desires that lack luster and joy. The thought is daunting because there is no promise to an end of a deceitful cycle. But God!
We who have been given our worth through Jesus Christ, no longer have to live a life of futile quests in hopes of finding great gain because we know that “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6; emphasis added). We can relax and breathe.
Let’s get in front of the Monday mayhem and change our perspective. As the saints of old say, let us also say, “This joy that I have the world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away.” If you cannot say those words with confidence, I challenge you to make that your prayer this week. Ask God to give you joy from the inside that cannot be moved by outside demands. Don’t lose focus and get pulled into the outlooks of those who do not call Jesus Lord and God, Abba.
“All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
See you back here for Faith-Full Friday to continue our conversation on worth.