God wants you successful, healthy, full of life and prosperous. Jesus died for you so that you might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). To appropriate the blessings that are yours in Christ, it is very important that you believe you’re worthy. When you know you’re worthy, it stirs up faith and confidence. And confidence will release you to take what’s yours. If you want to be successful and prosperous, you can’t afford to label yourself unworthy.
Many people, often unconsciously, have disqualified themselves from the good things of life because they deem themselves unfit. You need to understand this: If you entertain thoughts and feelings of unworthiness, it’ll hinder you and deprive you of blessings God wants you to enjoy. No matter what your shortcomings are, keep feelings and thoughts of unworthiness far from you. When you see yourself as worthy, you’ll maintain a high sense of self-worth. That’ll empower you and propel you forward. Sooner or later, you’ll begin to experience success beyond your imagination.
Negative social and religious conditioning can make you feel inferior and unworthy. But let me encourage you: As far as Daddy God is concerned, your self-worth has nothing to do with social labels. Your self-worth is based on what Jesus did for you on the Cross. You are bigger, more precious and more capable than you’ve been made to believe.
Let me show you something.
God went to great lengths to make you worthy. One day, John had a vision of heaven (Revelation 5). God was seated in majesty, surrounded by heavenly hosts. In His right hand He had a scroll which had seven seals. An angel proclaimed, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” (v. 2). No creature was found worthy to approach God and take the scroll from Him. This caused John to weep. Apparently, there was something very important in the scroll that would benefit all people. The only problem was that the scroll was in God’s hand. Who dared approach God and take it from Him?
When all hope seemed lost, John saw a Lamb that was slain. It was Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah. He went straight to God and took the scroll from His hand. Jesus didn’t beg God to let him take the scroll. He approached boldly and took it from Him. Do you know why? Jesus knew he was worthy. God, therefore, had no choice but to give him the scroll. When Jesus took the scroll, heaven sang a new song, saying to Jesus, “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals . . .” (v. 8-10) Again the hosts of heaven said with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (v. 12).
Do you know what the best part is? Jesus did all of this for you. He died and paid for all your sins forever. Then He showed up in heaven with proof (His shed Blood) that the job was done. Jesus stood before God on your behalf. From eternity, God planned to give His entire estate to all His children, Jesus being the firstborn among many brethren (Romans 8:29). But Jesus had to first die for the will (testament) to come into effect. That will was what God held in His right hand. Jesus was found worthy to take the will and execute it for all God’s children, including you.
Watch out for the concluding part tomorrow.
Until then, stay encouraged.