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10/29/2009

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When I Am Worth Alot


"Which of these do you think was a friend of the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, 'the one who had mercy on him.' 'Go and do the same' " (Luke 10:36-37).

In continuing with some thoughts on our worth, we come to another favorite parable of Jesus, that of the Good Samaritan. To me, one of the true lessons from this teaching is that we are really of worth to the Lord when we do service to others. The Samaritan man had some qualities that the other two men obviously did not have. His heart must have been filled with compassion as he saw the man bleeding along the side of the road. His compassion turned into action as he met the needs of one who really needed help. We become more valuable to the Lord as we show this same compassion, mercy and action in our lives. Just as the Samaritan's priorities were what they should have been, so should ours.

"Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others" (Phil. 2:4). This is the way to apply the lesson of the Good Samaritan to our life. Jesus explained the sum of the Law and the Prophets by saying, "do to others as you would have them do to you" (Matt. 7:12). As we apply these principles to our lives, we become of greater and greater value. One of the really cool parts of this is that it is never too late to start. I might suspect that the Good Samaritan had always been a good person, but his actions reflect it only at the point in with he turned his "goodness" into actions.

Just a final thought. What am I worth to myself? Consider Judas and Paul. Both were sinners. Judas sinned by betraying Jesus. Paul proclaimed himself as far as sinners were concerned, "whom I am the worst" (1 Tim.1:15). One ended his own life in shame and the other went on to do great things for the Lord. We must believe that Jesus can turn our weaknesses into strengths. We need to believe that our true worth cannot considered apart from God, and that this realization of our real worth ought to give us great confidence in our lives.

Have a wonderful day...Go out and make a difference... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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