Matthew 6:12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Someone suggested I write a resume of my value. I expressed something that seemed despondent. I’ve looked up so many verses in the past on who I am in Christ.
“Piece of cake”, I thought to myself.
Maybe a piece of that awful fruitcake people pawn off as presents for the holidays. But, definitely not a sweet, delightful experience.
What is my value? There’s the Bible verses that say who I am in Christ. Scriptures that confirm whose I am and what it means to be a joint heir. But no matter how I penned it, this resume came up flat. Regurgitated. It was as if I maximized the usage of copy and paste.
It was inauthentic.
“I shouldn’t have to do this. I mean, those that don’t know my value have the problem. My value is clearly understood already.”
I thought that and many other things. As I was writing up drafts of this so-called resume a few situations and people came to mind. My face would tense and tighten as I strung words together.
Then it hit me.
Colossians 3:13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
And Matthew 6:12 above.
Who I am-and who you are in Christ-rests on one thing. Being forgiven.
If I am not forgiven, my value really isn’t anything. Without forgiveness, I’m just a sinner. Separated from God. Hopeless.
Psalm 145:20 The Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Isaiah 59:2 but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
Another revelation hit me.
I have to fully receive forgiveness to give it. Once I understand it, I can project that onto others.
My resume writing revealed the holes in my comprehension of forgiveness.
Psalm 103:12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As far as the east is from the west. They never touch.
Forgiveness means it’s forever deleted, simply put.
In closing, I finally-with the Ruach’s or Holy Spirit’s help-tied this all together. I needed the right revelation of forgiveness to receive the value Christ gives me. By not properly grasping God’s pardon, I marginalized the cross and my need. And I shortchanged how I loved others.
My value compass is east from the west. It’s meditating on the undeserved forgiveness I have been given, and sharing that with others.
I assure you, my value resume wouldn’t bless you in reading it. It’s got wonderful Bible verses and my opinions. But it has a lot of flesh. Too much to make public. However, I wanted to share what my resume did for me. I was given a great gift in understanding my value.
I am forgiven. Totally, completely, 100%, infinitely forgiven.
Thank you Lord that I am forgiven because of Your love. That is my value. And prayerfully, yours too.