In Other Words...

"Until you settle the issue of your own worth, it's impossible to bring holiness into anyone else's life. Until you understand that your worth is already determined by the fact of your birth, everything else is an exercise in propping up a dying tree."

~ Carol Brazo ~
"No Ordinary Home"

Worth is something other than value. I am valued by my husband as a wife, by my church as a servant, by my boss as an employee. My value is determined by those around me. I would venture to say that I am more valuable to my husband as a wife than I am to API as an employee. Value is determined by those around me. But what am I worth?

MY worth exists independently of what I do. Worth is about who I am. More importantly, worth is about who I am becoming through Christ. Because, truly? I am worthless; I am the product of a fallen creation, a dirty sinner who is helpless; I am the opposite of worthy.

The issue of my own worth is this: I am unworthy. I am unworthy and there is nothing I can DO about it. So how could I ever expect to bring any measure of holiness to anyone's life? We don't wash windows with dirty cloths, do we?

The only way I can even hope for worth is through Christ; any measure of holiness in me is Him. That's the heart of the matter. The question of my worth is settled, my worth is only in Him. To bring holiness to anyone else's life is to show them what He has done in my life, what He continues to do every day in my life, what He will do in all His children's lives.

Christine is our gracious hostess this week. Thank you, Christine


Denise said…
Amen dear one.
MiPa said…
"The question of my worth is settled." Hallelujah! Thank you for sharing.
John Kaiser said…
Excellent post. Very good distinction between worth and value.
Great Post! Thank you for sharing.

In his endless love,

Angel ( Angel Mama Pearls of Wisdom)
Tara Sloan said…
I loved your comparison of value vs. worth. This was a great post!
Cyndee said…
I echo the other comments. The distinction between value and worth is thought provoking to me. Thanks for sharing today.
Christine said…
The image of the window and the dirty cloth says it all. Our fallen state lets us honestly give ourselves over to the cross and find true worth there. There's no pretense when we see it that way. Wonderful thoughts, Kelly!

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