Here is something that I want myself to know (and, you too if you need the reminder): our worth is more than our work.
Our world tells us again and again to do more so that we can BE more. We should work harder and faster and produce more good things (necessary or not) so that we can look back at our lives with satisfaction and accomplishment. We’re encouraged to be ambitious (something that Austin reminded me this morning is not a biblical principle), and to be busy.
But here’s the hard truth: we will always — at one point or another — find ourselves on an ordinary day, tired and wiped out, unable to produce or keep the pace. And it’s there that the enemy wants to tell us that our worth is diminished because our work has stopped.
And it’s just not true. In fact, it’s an un-Gospel teaching. Because the Gospel says that I don’t have worth before God because of what I have done, but because of everything Jesus has done; I’m not precious to God because I’m impressive, I’m dear to His heart because of who he is.
I’m preaching this message to myself this morning. In a season of ministry where it’s tempting to always be “on,” where there aren’t natural breaking points in the journey, and where there are lots of gray lines between what is my “job” and what is just fun (because, quite honestly, they overlap most of the time because I LOVE what I’m doing), I need this reminder: my worth is more than my work. I’m not defined by my agenda or income or ambition or productivity. I’m defined — you are defined — by the never-ending, never-giving-up love of Jesus. And THAT is all the worth we could ever need.