Are you Christ-worthy?

The message I heard in church today stemmed from Hebrews 11:38 where, after describing holy men and women of God from the Old Testament who were counted as righteous because of their faith and who endured harsh treatment by the world, the author of Hebrews makes a parenthetical statement that they were “men of whom the world was not worthy”.  The world rejected them, but God embraced them.

Consider this:  You cannot be accepted by both the world and God.

He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.  And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. (Mat 10:37-38)

To be worthy of Jesus Christ, our Savior, we must deny the world to which we previously belonged (Eph 2:1-3).

We cannot mix God and the world (1 John 2:15-17).  The world is the enemy of God (James 4:4).  Therefore, the things that the world considers worthy (you fill in the blank) are to be avoided by men and women whom God considers worthy.

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The message is that those who are worthy of Christ will decline (deny, disregard) the things that are worthy of the world.  In essence, faith in Christ will produce in us a behavior that avoids worldly things.

If God’s glory is going to return to the United States of America, it will be through men and women, like those described in Hebrews chapter 11, of whom the world is not worthy.

2 Chronicles 7:14 is so often quoted these days that it may seem trite to some, but there is a reason for its wide exposure.  It is because God is proclaiming a message for this generation that He does not want us to miss.  I’ve broken up the verse to make a point:

If My people, those who are called by My name …

Are you called by God’s name?  If you have entrusted your life to Jesus Christ, then, yes, you are called by God’s name.

… will do these four things:

  • humble themselves
  • pray
  • seek My face
  • turn from their wicked ways

Is it possible that the church, the body of Christ, would have wicked ways from which it needs to turn?  Is it possible that we could go astray?  Yes.  Of the seven churches to which Jesus writes in Revelation 2-3, five are told to repent.

… then I, God, will do these three things:

  • hear from heaven
  • forgive their sin
  • heal their land

It is a conditional promise.  If God is going to bless this nation again, it will be because we, the church of Jesus Christ, repent of our “world-worthy” ways.

You cannot be both Christ-worthy and world-worthy.  They are exclusive.  You must choose for yourselves today whom you will serve (Josh 24:15).  Are you Christ-worthy?

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