Worth’ is defined as the quality that renders something desirable, useful, or valuable. It can also mean the material or market value of some thing. ‘Worthy’ means that the qualities possessed or the value of a thing is sufficient. Scripture tells us that Jesus is worthy (Matthew 3:11, Revelation 5:8-12). Jesus is worthy of worship. Jesus is worthy of devotion. Jesus is worthy to to the sacrifice that saves us. Scripture is also clear that you and I are not worthy. Romans 3:22 is clearly states that “we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. We are most definitely not worthy. We sin over and over again—often repeating the same sin multiple times. Even when we try to do right, when we try to stop doing “evil” we fail. While Paul is describing himself in Romans 7, his description can be applied to all of us. We want to do good things, we want to avoid sin—but fail so often. As Paul says, we truly are “wretched”.
Yet, as Easter approaches I am reminded that all is not lost. While Paul struggled with sin, while we all struggle with sin. God knew we would struggle. God knew that we would not be worthy. So, God made a plan. Before you and I were ever born; before the world was created—God made a plan for our salvation through Jesus (1 Peter 1:20). Jesus’ sacrifice has redeemed all of us. No matter what you have done, no matter how evil you may think you are, no matter what anyone else thinks, God loves you. And it is despite what you have done, in all of your unworthiness, that God says Jesus is worthy enough to cover you. One of the greatest struggles in Christianity is convincing Christians, those who believe that Jesus is God’s Son, those who have been buried in baptism, those who are no longer under the dominion of sin and the law that there worth comes from Jesus and not themselves. You see, the challenge is recognizing how deep and wide, how overwhelming, how great God’s love is (1 John 3:1, 1 John 4:8b). We are not worthy—but the good news for the Christian is that it’s not our worth that counts.