While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 28 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day five with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to be counted worthy.
Called to Be Counted Worthy
“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (NIV)
Are there people in your life who see you as being worth more than you see yourself? What do you think they see that you can’t? Why? Do you have a tendency to over value yourself or under value yourself? What would those closest to you say? Why? What influence does being valued by others have on your feelings of worthiness? Does being considered worthy increase your desire to live up to the worthiness others see in you? How will being counted worthy by God help you to live and work more fully in His power?
When we compare ourselves to the holiness of Jesus, it should quickly become apparent that we will never be worthy on our own. The good news is that Jesus sees beyond our choices, both good and bad, and sees the individual that has been created in His image. He chooses to count us worthy because of His great love for us. Even in the midst of our sin, God counted us worthy of His love displayed in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Being counted worthy by God, even when we know we’re not, ought to compel us to see others from the same perspective with which God views us.
As you pray about being counted worthy by God, ask God to encourage you through His desire for you to be His. Pray that you would look beyond your limitations and faults to see all that God can do in and through you because He counts you worthy. Pray for a heart of compassion for those who have been knocked down by this world and need to know that God has called them to be counted worthy. Pray for the humility needed to see others as God sees them.