You are worthy.
I met a woman I’ll call Regina at an event where I was teaching women about their worthiness of great love and why they should never settle for less than God’s very best for them.
Regina told me she’d come out of a life of drugs, alcohol and abuse. For a long time she didn’t love herself – couldn’t love herself.
You know the voices … Too late, too much baggage, too much damage.
As a result, she tried to find love from men who took advantage of her. When that didn’t work, she covered the pain of rejection and abuse with drugs and alcohol. Substance abuse made her more vulnerable to being used by men which made her feel worse, so she used more drugs and the cycle perpetuated itself.
Finally, Jesus got a hold of her, she got sober and cleaned up her life. But without anyone to teach her or disciple her, she settled into the compliant obedience of legalism – following rules and fulfilling rituals – instead of fervently following Jesus.
She wasn’t using harmful substances anymore, but she still didn’t experience a deep connection with Jesus.
Complacency disguised as contentment
Regina was so grateful to be “saved” that she stopped short of all that Jesus died to give her. It happens to a lot of us. We slip into complacency and call it contentment, stopping short of the really good life Jesus has for us because we don’t believe it’s really for us. Or we say “Ehhh, this is good enough, or “Better than I thought I’d get,” or “I’m should just be grateful for what I have.”
At the conference, Regina learned about God’s best for her. That she is formed in the image of God, that she is blessed, loved, accepted and worthy of God’s love and favor. She discovered that God’s opinion of her is the only one that matters and he says she is all that and a bag of chips plus a brownie. (That’s my translation of Ps. 139:14.) The Bible is full of reminders that you are you are the apple of God’s eye. (Ps. 17:8) You are a masterpiece, (Eph. 2:10) and a pearl of great price. (Matt. 13)
Like Regina, we all need to be established in God’s love for us so we don’t settle for less than God has for us so we don’t accept counterfeit love. And so we can trust and follow Jesus and not settle for anything less than his best for us.
How do you stay in the center of God’s love and truth? Leave me a comment to tell me about your go-to verse about God’s love for you.
Verse for today: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Prayer: Father, show me who I am to you. Remind me that you made me and don’t make junk. Surround me with healthy friends and give me the courage to release toxic people and habits that slow me down. In Jesus Name amen.