This morning I awoke knowing that I am unworthy of the love of God, the mercy of God, the forgiveness of God, the salvation of God and the favor of God. I was miserable. But knowing that we are unworthy is the key to being joyful. Even though I am unworthy of those things, I have the love of God, the mercy of God, the forgiveness of God, the salvation of God and the favor of God. We should all have the word UNWORTHY stamped indelibly on our foreheads so that we will see it first thing every morning as we look in the mirror. For quite a while this morning that one word was the only thing I could think about. I could not get my mind off it. Knowing that we have this wonderful salvation that we are so unworthy of makes us humble and grateful for it. It comes naturally for us to see the unworthiness of others but painful to see it in ourselves. Knowing that we are just as unworthy as others or more so should give us the ability to love them as God loves them and pray for them and share the gospel with them. I hope and pray that you will have many moments like I had this morning. That you will know that you are unworthy of the Love of God and that your gratitude for having it will grow.
Psalms 51:17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Many notable believers in the Bible had the attitude of unworthiness. We all need that attitude to overwhelm us from time to time.
Luke 7:6: Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:
None of us are worthy of having Jesus in our homes, much less have Him living in our hearts and influencing our lives.
Matthew 10:37: He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Mark 1:6: And John was clothed with camel*s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; 7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
Luke 5:8: When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus* knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
Luke 18:13: And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
Romans 7:24: O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Hebrews 13:5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So what things do I have that should make me content? The love of God, the mercy of God, the forgiveness of God, the salvation of God, the favor of God and the very presence of God.
Psalms 46:1: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Not knowing how unworthy we are is a far worse condition than knowing it.
Revelation 3:16: So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: