Our Inherent Worth In Christ - The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness Devotional

Our Inherent Worth in Christ

You also are complete through your union with Christ.

Colossians 2:10

Over coffee, I listened quietly as my friend poured out her heart. Accustomed to being the one who gives, who quietly provides, who meets needs, she has found herself suddenly in a season of life where she simply doesn’t have the resources to do what she has always done. She has been stripped down and laid bare financially, emotionally, physically. She has found herself in the position of needing assistance, and it’s hard.

As we talked, it became clear that part of her identity and her worth was wrapped up in what she could do for others and in what she believed she could do for Christ.

This view of God and this need to prove our worthiness is a common trap so many fall into. It can be easy to allow our identity to get wrapped up in what we think we bring to the table for God. We begin to believe that God needs us, our resources, and our talents. This line of thinking, when flipped, logically leads to the opposite thought: if we fail, make a mistake, or hit a rough spot in our lives—if we suddenly find ourselves in a position of needing to receive instead of give—then we’ve lost our value to God and have become worthless. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We are complete through our union with Christ—there is no striving, no earning, no buying into his favor. In fact, there is nothing we have that was not originally given to us by God. There is nothing you can do—or fail to do—that will diminish God’s love for you.

I love living this adventure of being intentionally kind, and I believe we are called to live out kindness as part of our Christian walk. However, my worth in Christ is not dependent on what I do, and it has nothing to do with my kindness scorecard from week to week. It is purely the result of unearned grace and unmerited favor.


Today’s Act of Kindness

Show yourself kindness by prayerfully reflecting on the ways you may be mixing up your identity in Christ with what you believe you bring to the table. Ask God to remind you of your true worth.

From the Book:

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The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness Devotional
By Kristin Demery, Kendra Roehl, and Julie Fisk

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