26th January 2011

Me?  I Answer To Anything!

“They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the LORD;…”
Isaiah 62:12 (NIV UK)

The introduction is made, the people seem friendly, the joke is made, “Hello my name is John, but I answer to anything!” The quip is intended to reflect warmth and humility and often does. Introductions can be tense occasions; you have no idea what the stranger is like. Will they take to you? Will they understand your sense of humour? Are your personalities remotely compatible? What kind of impact will I have on them and they on me? Thus the use of the witticism to break the ice.

However subliminally, it might also indicate that the person who says it has no self worth. “Call me what you like—it does not matter because I am not anyone important.” Experiences in life can often erode a person’s self esteem without them even realising it.

There are Christians who believe that we ought to consider ourselves worthless. They use Isaiah 40:17 which states “Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.” This chapter refers to the greatness of God and man’s complete dependence on Him. It is true that without God we are worthless.

So are we worth anything at all—should we consider ourselves of no value? Should we ‘answer to anything’? What does the One who made us think of us? In John 1:12-13 God tells precisely who we are in His sight Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”

If we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, we become children of the living God.  That ought to blow our minds—but as human beings we can have no comprehension of what that means.  Try to imagine just how precious you are to the great God, that He paid for you by the blood of his only begotten son (John 3:16).  Why?  Because He wanted to adopt you.  Yes…you!  so now what are you worth?  Everything to your Father in heaven.  God even has a new name for you, “…you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow. ” (Isaiah 62:2).

When we meet our Father in heaven, we won’t need to break the ice.  He has known us from before we were born and He has a new name just for us.  So in the future we won’t  ‘answer to anything’!

Father, thank you so much for the love you have for us which knows no bounds—we are your children, bought by a great price, which makes us very precious to you. We cannot be worthy of the blood of your son, but we are so deeply and humbly grateful to be your adopted children. We look forward to our new name.

Study by Irene Wilson

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