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Our worth comes not from great accomplishment on our part, but of great love on God's part

"Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. ... Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows." - Luke 12:6-7

My little 2-and-a-half-year-old is thoroughly loving Christmas. With an 8-foot tree in our living room adorned with many colorful decorations, she has been in awe. She walked over to it a few mornings ago and was staring into a silver ball hanging at her eye-level on one of the branches. She was looking at her reflection and reached out to draw the ball in for a closer view and said, "Hello my pretty one!" She is beautiful, and she knows it. Never once in her 33 months have I seen her talk trash about herself. She has a highly positive perspective of who she is. Why don't we all?

Why do I struggle with staying positive about me? Why do I at times speak of or think of myself as being so lacking in worth?

The Bible says that we all sin (Romans 3:23), so granted, we all have reason to be upset with self at times. But what about negativity that borderlines self-hatred? I would call it low self-worth or even unworthiness. Webster's Dictionary defines unworthiness as "want of worth." Have you ever been in a place as I have been, wanting of worth?

It's one thing to have a healthy sense of sorrow for wrongs we've done. It's another to have a heart that condemns you. In I John 3:20, we read that when our hearts condemn us, we must remember that God is greater than our hearts.

If you are struggling with seeing yourself in a positive light, come to the one who is greater than your heart, greater than your failure, greater than any sin you've ever done. He is the One who stands ready to transform your view of you.

We must keep in mind that our worth as children of God is of a much higher value than many sparrows. Our worth comes not from great accomplishment on our part, but of great love on God's part.

Think of how much a mother loves her newborn baby. That love does not come from her amazement at that child's accomplishments. It comes from a love for who she is. The same is true for your Heavenly Father, he loves you based on who He made you to be, not based on what you have done.

As you read the Bible, you can see that it's all about God's love story. How He lovingly created the world we live in. How He cried out in pain as we, the human race, turned our back on Him. How He pursued us passionately by sending His Son Jesus in the form of a baby to be the solution for our sin. And how He is so eager to welcome us home to be with Him in His Heaven someday.

Why would God spend so much effort to bring you back to Himself if you weren't worth it? The fact is, you are more highly valued by Him more than you can possibly imagine! "You are of more value than many sparrows!"

But self-hatred or low self-worth is a tactic that Satan the "accuser" uses to keep us from realizing the love, acceptance and forgiveness that is ours in Christ Jesus.

Just as my little girl loves seeing her reflection in the Christmas ornament, so God loves looking at you. It's as if every morning you wake up and Your Heavenly Father reaches down to lift your chin heavenward and says, "Good morning my amazing one! You are loved!"

What unworthiness have you been dealing with? I encourage you today, to go find a mirror, look intently at yourself and speak these words: "You are worthy, because Heaven says so."

As we enjoy another Christmas season, take time to let God show you your worth. The best way to find your worth is to read the Bible every day. John 19:10 tells us that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Have you been lost? Know that you are worth saving!

Let God's truth open your heart to receive all the gifts God has for you this Christmas.

Brian Carmack serves as Lead Pastor at Eastside Church in Prineville. If you have questions or comments, he can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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