In Sunday School yesterday morning there was an excellent question about how we should measure our worth in light of the Gospel. Self worth is a struggle for most every person. As someone who works with youth I see too many kids, especially girls, undervalue themselves. They feel invisible and worthless. I also know the tendency to think of ourselves as top shelf. We feel like we are the center of our universe.
So how do we measure our worth with the Gospel? I'll answer that by prodding us from both extremes.
We are of great worth because God says so. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." We know what John 3:16 says. It says that God SO loved the world. God saw you and felt that you were worth sending His Son to die for you. He thinks you are beautifully and wonderfully made in His image. You are of great worth to Him.
We are not to boast for at least one simple reason: He had to die for you. Romans says that "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans also says that we were enemies of God before we were reconciled to Him through Christ. Before we start to feel holier than thou we must remember that Christ had to die for us.
Measure your worth with the Gospel. God loves you immensely and overwhelmingly but it isn't because of what you've done. God sees you as worthy not because of the love you had for Him but because of the love He has for you.
There is no better measuring stick for your self worth than the Gospel. Use it and only it. Ignore what the world has to say because the prince of this world is a liar. Go to God for the truth about your worth today.