Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Self-Worth and Net-Worth

By Allen White

Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble. The LORD protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness. Psalm 41:1-3
If Charles Darwin was right, the strong would be superior to the weak. Our goal wouldn’t be to help the weak. The weak would just disappear. When we think about human beings, Darwinian logic seems a bit crass, until we consider our own supposed superiority over others.

What type of person is beneath you? What job would you never consider doing? What “look” would be ridiculous? These might be the folks we think that we are superior to. We are stronger and better off than they are. They are weak.

If God is right, and I believe that He is, then every person is a child of God in terms of creation (Colossians 1:16) and is equal to everyone else (Galatians 3:28). A person’s appearance, talent, financial resources and pedigree don’t tip the scales in God’s view. “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). Do we see other people as God sees them?

Imagine for a moment that you have a sudden change in financial status. You are laid off from your job. Your emergency fund was only a good intention. Your credit cards were a bad habit. There’s no money in the bank.

You feel a pain in your gut. It’s most likely an ulcer from all of the stress. You go to the doctor’s office and are handed a clip board full of forms. As you begin to work through the packet, your answers are much different from last time. Insurance: None. Employer: Unemployed. You do your best to smile as you hand the information back to the nurse.

Are you less of a person than you used to be? Is your life worth less now than before? Has God’s purpose for you changed? The answer to “All of the Above” is No!

As we count our blessings, we realize that what we have comes from God’s hand (Ecclesiastes 2:24). We also realize that what we have does not define who we are. When we confuse our net worth with our self-worth, we run into trouble. When we have a low opinion of one of God’s children because of his or her net worth, we also run into trouble.

God blesses us when we help the weak. Who do you know that’s in a rough spot? What can you do to help them? Do you know a single mom who hasn’t seen a child support check in a long time? Do you know a child who hasn’t seen his dad in ages? How can you help? What can you give?

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