For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 ESV

So often we feel safe in a theology wrapped in self-deprecation.

We focus on our sins. Our desperation. Our neediness.

Here’s the deal, these are all true!

We are sinful, desperate, and in deep need of a Savior.

But . . . If that’s the lion’s share of what we dwell on, do we have eyes for newness? Where are God’s work and victory in our hearts celebrated? Where is our identity rooted?

Think about it like this.

When we hyper-focus on our unworthiness, it can become a target we never intended to hit, but that destroys us in the process.

By focusing primarily on how unworthy we are, we are in danger of seeing the worthiness of Jesus himself — and therefore, our worthiness.

Trust me, the truth is, you and I are worth profoundly more than we can even fathom.

How much, you ask?

The life of God’s one and only Son.

That’s right. God the Father values us so profoundly he sent Jesus to die in our place, redeem us, and then join him in resurrection life!

God is in charge, and he’s the one who gets to determine what you and I are worth — not us.

He decided we are worth the life of Jesus, and then Jesus willingly laid his life down for us (John 10:18).

Happy News and an Action Step

If you struggle with shame, fear, feelings of unworthiness, doubt of God's love for you, I have happy news and an action step for you... Click To Tweet
  1. The happy news is that Jesus won God’s affection for you through His finished work on the cross. When the Father looks at you, he sees Jesus.
  2. The action step? Repent where you are allowing anyone (even you!) other than God to dictate what you’re worth.

Remember, it’s not religion that leads us to repentance; it’s His kindness.


Today’s devotion by Jordan Loftis, author of The Men With Bare Feet and host of The Bible Better Podcast.