I’m a bit of a word Nerd and sometimes I just can’t help myself. I embarked on a worthy observation of the word “Worthy” and my love and respect for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is now seeped in a deeper understanding of His worthiness and how His worthiness is directly tied to me, making me worthy in His eyes.
Worthy: 1. Having adequate or great merit, character, or value. 2. Of commendable excellence or merit, deserving. 3. A person of eminent worth, merit or position.
The world views worthiness based upon the above average standard of action found in a person or product. Worldly “Worthiness” also elicits praise and adoration for this above average standard being or thing.
What does God say about being worthy? In observing this word in the Bible, I found an amazing shift of “worthy” perspectives.
The Old Testament utilizes six different definitions of the word worthy. Only two of these definitions are to describe a person and it had to do with being a valiant warrior therefore they were considered worthy. The other is of a person who was morally upright. The remaining four descriptions of Old Testament worthy, is used in light of the grandeur, honor, and respect we should have in worshipping God. Psalm 96:4, “For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise.”
For me, observing the word worthy in the New Testament (NT) is where my observation really got exciting! Here in the NT there are eight definitions of the word worthy. But get this, every definition prior to Jesus redemption act on the cross states, that we are not worthy. The only time we are noted as worthy prior to Jesus death is found in Matthew 10:31 where Jesus states we are worth more than sparrows. After his death, burial, and resurrection we who believe are now in association and are connected to His worthiness! 2 Thessalonians 1:5 we are counted worthy of the kingdom of God, 2 Thessalonians 1:11 He makes us worthy of his calling, Ephesians 4:1 Paul instructs the body of Christ to live and act worthy of His call. In all of these verses we are connected to God’s worthiness and are to live our life in light of this connection. Whew, one less thing to worry about. As a believer I am already worthy. There is nothing else I need to do other than accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. When Jesus said, “It is finished” while hanging on the cross he was telling me, “It is finished” I don’t need to flounder and worry about my worth. In his eyes I am worthy and so are you.