Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
A certain cosmetic line uses the tag line, “Because I’m worth it!” I deserve the best; I deserve to be pampered, because I am worth it.
What are we truly worth? We have flaws. We have blemishes. We have shortcomings. We get angry. We are selfish. We are jealous. We are spiteful. We lust. We covet. We lie. We steal. We hate. We cover over our flaws and blemishes, because we know what we truly deserve for our sins.
We don’t deserve God’s mercy, or his love, or his faithfulness, or his forgiveness. We deserve the worst. We deserve to be disciplined. We deserve death. We deserve to be condemned. For our continual animosity toward God and his goodness to us, we deserve to be separated from him and his goodness forever. We are insufficient to save ourselves.
There is only one person who is inherently worth it. His name is Jesus. He is our perfect substitute. Even though we didn’t deserve it, God sentenced his own Son to suffer for our sins and die in our place. He has paid for our sins. He has removed our guilt. How do we know this? Because our Redeemer lives! Jesus didn’t deserve to die. He is worth so much more. So, God raised him from the dead, and promises that whoever believes in him is not condemned, but has passed from death to life.
Praise Jesus for his love. Honor him for his sacrifice. Glorify him with your life. He is worth it!
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” Amen.
This devotion was selected from the Daily Devotion archive.
Source: WELS Devotions