By LaChelle Patrice Anderson (aka Sister Shelli)
My assignment is to remind the world: You are not forgotten, but forgiven! In light of this reminder today, I’m going to address how you are not forgotten, but forgiven because you are worthy. Let me share the words to a song the Lord put on my heart for you.
Don’t be afraid, come as you are, there’s no need for shame
You deserve to be loved, You are Worthy.
If I had just one wish, it would be for you,
You deserve to be loved, You are Worthy.
Don’t you know God’s angels will watch over you (Psalm 91)
They’ll guide and protect you from all evil
Don’t you know, God’s angels will watch over you,
Reach out your hand, release your fears, You are Worthy!
The angels mentioned in the song represent God’s protection for you and being with you even when you think you’re alone. Whatever your situation, God will never leave you nor forsake you or separate His love toward you, because you are worthy. So, now you’re probably asking yourself, “Worthy of what?” Well, I’m glad you asked.
When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are worthy of all His Benefits. Psalm 103:2-6 says:
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfied thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
So, you’re worthy to receive:
• Forgiveness of your iniquities (sin, gross acts, immorality)
• Healing of all diseases
• Redemption of a life from destruction (eternal death)
• Crowned with lovingkindness and tender mercies
• Righteousness from oppression
These benefits are for all born-again believers because you have been deemed to be worthy. The word, worthy, is defined as:
1. Having Value
You are valued, honored and you deserve it!
You are Valued
We read in 1 Corinthians 6:20, For ye are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
You have been bought with a price. Your ransom was paid for long before you were born. Not because of your beauty, intelligence, hard work, bank account, title or family. But because God so loved the world – God so loved YOU that He gave His only begotten Son for YOU!
God valued you. He put a value on each of us and said, “You are worthy!” By His stripes, you were healed! You are no longer your diagnosis. You are no longer condemned because you were born out of wedlock. You are no longer poor or whatever label this world has put on you. You are now, “Mr. or “Ms. Worthy!” Hallelujah!
You are Honorable
We read in John 12:6, where Jesus said, If any man serve me, let him follow me: and where I am, there shall also my servant be. If any man serve me, him will my Father honor.
So we have value to our lives because we have been bought with a price and now because we serve Jesus, we’ll receive honor. We won’t be put on the “shame game.” You are worthy of honor!
My Personal Testimony
In 2013, the Lord led me to start a street ministry called, “Free Bag Lunch and Prayer.” We provide bag lunches, coffee, pass out Bibles and offer prayer to all who show up. In 2014, I was offered a work assignment with a Catholic health ministry. I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to do the street ministry if I accepted the work assignment, but God told me not to worry, just let them know about it. I was obedient and told the hiring vice president and she replied, “Oh, that won’t be a problem.” I’ve been in the position for a year now and each month on the fourth Wednesday, I block my calendar and serve my community with the “Free Bag Lunch and Prayer” street ministry. All glory be to God! When you serve God, God will honor you.
You are Deserved
In Ephesians 1:4 we read: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.
You were chosen before the foundation of this world. Chosen for an inheritance you didn’t deserve. But, when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you now have a new deserved life with Christ because He chose you, bought you with a price, and then honored you in service toward Him. Thanks be to God! Your are worthy to be deserved.
Let’s review a Biblical example of someone who didn’t think they were worthy and how Jesus responded. In John 13:1-17, we read about Jesus finishing up a meal with His disciples. Jesus is aware that His time to return to His Father is soon approaching:
And as He had loved (the disciples) who were His own in the world, He loved them to the last and to the highest degree.
After supper, Jesus ceremonially showed His affection toward each of the disciples by washing their feet, although He was fully aware that one of them would betray him. As the disciples realized He was going to wash all of their feet, some of them became offended or appalled and asked Him not to wash their feet. Jesus replied:
If I then, your Lord and master, have washed your feet: ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example to them that ye should do as I have done to you.
Jesus loved the disciples and thought they were worthy of value, being honored and deserved tribute, so He washed their feet, believing in return they’d show this same value, honor and deserved tribute to those who He sees as “not forgotten, but forgiven,” because He considers them worthy.
It’s amazing to me that Jesus knew that one of His disciples would betray Him, and yet Jesus still esteemed him worthy to openly serve him and wash his feet. Jesus considered the betrayer worthy of value, honor and deserved tribute.
Think about it. Could you serve and wash the feet of the one who left you for someone else, openly ridiculed you and took steps to bring you harm? All I can say is, “Thank God, He doesn’t think like us!”
Even to the very end, Jesus is wooing us, and loving us and showing us how to treat others. He’ll never stop loving you even if you turn your back on Him and reject Him. You are worthy because He first loved you!
Reach out your hand. Release your fears. You are worthy!
LaChelle Patrice Anderson (aka Sister Shelli) is a 2009 graduate of Word of Faith Bible Training Center formerly in Southfield, Michigan, and founder of FirstFruits Living Publications and FirstFruits Living Ministries. Sister Shelli started a street ministry where she feeds the needy in Michigan through a monthly Free Bag Lunch and Prayer Project. Your purchase of her book, “Our Family’s Daily Prayer Devotional” which is available for $2.99 at Amazon.com, will feed 3 people. For more information on volunteer opportunities with the monthly Free Bag Lunch and Prayer Project, visit Sister Shelli’s website at www.myprayerletter.com. Sister Shellit is also available for speaking engagements. To find out more, please send a letter of interest and guidelines to LaChelle@myprayerletter.com.