Today’s Reading: Romans 5
Remember, Self, that just because you can go it alone doesn’t mean you should go it alone. Yes, this propensity for being a loner makes you awfully good at solitary endeavors. Yes, you can get thrice as much done on your own as you can in a group. Yes, people grate on you when all you want is to just get done what needs to get done the way you want to get it done, because it gives you an immense feeling of satisfaction to say, “I did this all myself. Look at my pretty.”
But, Self, “my pretty” is just code for “my worthiness,” and what you do does not determine your worth. You are made of far worthier stuff than your product, no matter how slack-jawed amazed folks may be when they take a gander at it. And this is very good news, because sometimes folks go slack-jawed not on account of how great your product is but rather because it’s a heaped up pile of mess with you there atop it, red-faced and red-handed, wishing you could just disappear.
Your worthiness is independent of your product, Self. Your worthiness comes from a Place far deeper than you can conceive. Your worthiness is etched into His hands and forever sealed by His Spirit in this tabernacle of flesh He is bringing ever closer to Home. You are made for fellowship and unity and laughter and life abundant, and that means you must not go it alone. It means you must risk your product by believing your worth is actually His declaration over you. And, Self, it would do you well to dwell Here with Him in this Place of security, knowing that you are worthy, because His arms stretched wide and He died whispering forgiveness over us all.
“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8, NASB