Friday, June 24, 2011

Worthiness

 Not sure what worthiness means but in the Bible there is a lot said about worthiness. Although Jesus saves us from our sins, it seems worthiness is something we have to do ourselves.

One always has to count the cost when one aims for something good! Giving up rendering to Ceasar is hard, battling mammon instead of being on its side is hard. One has to really know what one is doing and be committed or else one will realize too late. It's like when the sons of thunder asked to sit on the right and left side of Jesus. Jesus asked them if they could really drink the cup. Great rewards and great blessings cost a lot. The Bible also talks a lot about worthiness. In several places we're told to make ourselves worthy...or that we must try to be worthy for something. To escape the things coming on the earth, for example. People of whom the world is not worthy. So it isn't enough that we are cleansed from sin, we have to be worthy. So there is a higher journey, something that is higher than mere skin-on-one's-teeth salvation. Even the kind theif on the cross had to count the cost. Although he was dying, he could have gotten a little bit of respect from  the other theif and the crowd (if they heard him) if he had joined in with picking on Jesus. And even speaking out the kindness to Jesus caused him something... breathing and talking while on a cross just to be nice is hard. But he did it.


... Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all
these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. ...
//bible.cc/luke/21-36.htm - 17k


..... Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me ...
//bible.cc/matthew/10-37.htm - 17k

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy
of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of ...
//bible.cc/2_thessalonians/1-11.htm - 18k

All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted
worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. ...
//bible.cc/2_thessalonians/1-5.htm - 17k

The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been
counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. ...
//bible.cc/acts/5-41.htm - 16k



Luke 20:35 But those who are considered worthy of taking part in ...



But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection
from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage ...
//bible.cc/luke/20-35.htm - 16k


I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy
to open the scroll or look inside. ...
//bible.cc/revelation/5-4.htm - 16k


The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor,
especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. ...
//bible.cc/1_timothy/5-17.htm - 17k

Matthew 10:38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me ...



and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. ... If you
refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. ...
//bible.cc/matthew/10-38.htm - 15k


Hebrews 11:38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in ...



the world was not worthy of them. ... of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about
in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. ...
//bible.cc/hebrews/11-38.htm - 16k


"Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person
there and stay at his house until you leave. ...
//bible.cc/matthew/10-11.htm - 16k






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