Worthiness to a Christian is a bit of an odd thing. It takes a complete rewire of your brain in order to understand it. That's because the world we live in teaches us the complete opposite of what God teaches us.
We think that we are worthy to receive something because we earned it. For example, you work all week at your job, you deserve your paycheck. That's simple and correct.
But when we try to apply this kind of thinking to our relationship with Jesus - well it just doesn't happen. There is nothing that we can do to deserve what we receive from Him. Now before you throw up your hands and quit, let's walk through this.
First you need to understand how much trouble you were or are in (if you haven't fully entrusted Jesus with your life and asked Him to forgive you of your sins). Before we asked Jesus into our lives, there was nothing that we could do (including die) to receive forgiveness of our sins. Only the shedding of innocent blood can do that. But because we are not nor ever were innocent, we can't die for our own sins. So Jesus, who entered this world without sin - who committed no sin - died on the cross for our sins. He gave His blood and life for us.
Secondly, you need to understand grace - unmerited favor. Just because you ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins - don't assume that He does it because you deserve it - He does it because He wants to. Big difference there!! In other words, because of His grace He forgives you - not because you deserve it.
Thirdly, just because you have faith doesn't mean you deserve anything. This one is a little tricky. "But Pastor, I believe!" Praise God - don't quit. But faith doesn't MAKE God do anything for us. Faith means that we trust God is going to take care of us. See the difference? Does God care about your health, your finances, your family and your heart? Of course He does - but He can only do something when we trust Him with those things - release our control and allow Him to do His will in our life.
Did you ever think that being blessed was so much work? Probably not. But isn't it worth it?
The Blessed Life - this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m. See you there!!