You Don't Have to Prove Your Worth
“Can a mother forget her little child and not have love for her own son? Yet even if that should be, I will not forget you. See, I have tattooed your name upon my palm” (Isaiah 49:15-16 TLB).
When you find yourself stuck in overwork, you need to remember your value to God.
This is the exact opposite of basing your worth on your work, your career, or your full-time role. It is countercultural and may require a major change in your thinking, especially if a little voice in your head keeps saying, “You’ve got to prove you matter.”
You don’t have to prove your worth. God says that you are already extremely valuable. You’ll never be more valuable to God than you are right now. You’ll never be less valuable to God than you are right now.
How valuable are you? Your heavenly Father created you. Jesus died for you. If you are a follower of Christ, the Holy Spirit lives in you.
God doesn’t create anything without purpose or intention. The fact that you’re alive means God loves you and wanted you alive. You’re priceless. You’re a masterpiece.
It’s not what you do that gives you worth but to whom you belong.
God created you, and he loves you. He made you just the way he made you to be. You don’t have to try to be somebody else!
Did you know that God has a tattoo of you? Isaiah 49:15-16 says, “Can a mother forget her little child and not have love for her own son? Yet even if that should be, I will not forget you. See, I have tattooed your name upon my palm” (TLB).
Are you perfect? Absolutely not. Are you broken? Yes. Are you a sinner? Yes. But are you of infinite value? Yes. And you are deeply loved by God.
Talk It Over
To whom have you been trying to prove yourself? Why?
If it is not enough for you to know and rest in your value to God, why do you think this is so?
How would your work experience change if you were only trying to please God with your work and not anybody else?
This devotional © 2019 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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