An Inheritance Worth Celebrating

July 15, 2021 THE MMA TEAM

I’m not great at acknowledging my worth in Christ.

Not surprising, I’m an expert at identifying areas of my worthlessness

I’m too particular, impatient, and rigid. I’m hard on myself, lack grace for others, and give shame more mental real estate than I should.  

Not to mention, I’m surrounded by a gregarious amount of pressures pushing me to measure up in motherhood, fitness and image, and how peaceful and aesthetically pleasing my devotional time is (don’t get me wrong,  I absolutely want to have my favorite candle burning and coffee still hot as I read the Word, but this season with little people running around looks more like sneaking away to my bathroom for a few, quiet seconds of prayer).

And, because I know I’m not alone in this, I’d venture to guess you struggle with similar pressures too.

Instead of believing our identity and worth are rooted in an inheritance sanctified by Christ, we frequently fight distractions aimed to dismantle our true worth and status.

We’re conditioned to succeed, achieve, and produce— in our jobs, in our homes, and on socials.

We know the world demands tangible proof we matter. Even if the expectation only boils down to our financial state, online presence and influence, or how amenable we are in regards to ever-changing social cues and norms.

Frankly, it’s exhausting and discouraging to only be quantified by our abilities and strivings, isn’t it?

At times I’ve found it really difficult to reconcile the waywardness of the world with the Way of Christ.

And maybe you have too.

But I’ve settled on, and frequently circle back to this truth

Our worth isn’t rooted in our strivings of the flesh.

Instead, it’s grounded in a living inheritance—one kept in Heaven, unadulterated by time, humanness, or status. [1]

We are co-heirs with the Son of God, Christ Jesus himself and rightfully named children of God. [2]

And as such, we share in Christ’s glory, honor, and favor. Not at all because of our performance, efficiency, or status.

But because our Father deemed us worthy to be saved, loved and set apart.

Romans 8:15-17 encourages us this way: 

“For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirsheirs of God and coheirs with Christif indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.” [CSB]

Dear one, because we’ve been adopted by God into an inheritance with Christ, we no longer stand on platforms fashioned by fear.

Instead, we have Christ’s permission to wear the name, Beloved.

 We are worthy.

 We are wanted.

 We are loved.

[1] 1 Peter 1:4

[2] John 1:12

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1 comment

  • Kim Adkins

    Jul 16, 2021

    Thanks for your encouraging words. Blessing to you and your precious family.💝Love you sweet friend!!!

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