Week Thirty Three
Know Your Worth
But when the attendants delivered the king’s command, Queen Vashti refused to come. Then the king became furious and burned with anger. (Read Esther Chapter 1)
Quote from Pray While You’re Prey:
“I have met many [people who do not feel] worthy to truly have the best that God has to give... ”
She walked into the gym, and the guys gawked and the women squawked. I looked up and thought, “Oh my, what was that poor child thinking when she left the house.” She was dressed to the nines for a basketball game, and I guess there is nothing wrong with that; to each her own. What was wrong was that it was freezing cold, yet, her clothes were thin and her midriff was exposed, along with all of her other assets. Upon closer inspection, it was clear that this young woman was, in fact, young. It broke my heart to see her flitting about, scantily clad, and flirting with anyone who would give her attention. I was nearly brought to tears to see this young sister sending out all of the wrong messages and not seeming to care what anyone thought of her.
There is nothing wrong with being an individual. In fact, being unique is wonderful. Still, each and every day, I see young women and young men who devalue themselves by how they speak, how they dress and how they act. With this particular young lady, once I saw how the adult who accompanied her was dressed, I realized that she either didn’t know any better or didn’t care to know any better. But, we as the human race, and especially those of us who claim to be Christians, need to do better. Do we not understand that, when people see how you dress, act, talk, and walk, they make a decision about the God you serve based on how much you value yourself?
I love the story of Queen Vashti. Knowing that she had everything to lose for disobeying the king, she refused to make a spectacle of herself in front of him and his friends. Queen Vashti took a stand that too many of us, men and women, are unwilling to take. She knew that she was worthy of far more than being a showgirl for her husband. We, single Christians, and any Christian for that matter, must take and stand and know our worth.
When you are invited into a situation that will devalue you, run--don’t walk--away! God will never bring someone into your life that is going to desire for you to act in a way that makes you look foolish. God does not give us mates that are willing to mortify us in front of their friends or family or co-workers. And, if you know your worth, you will not allow yourself to be put in such a predicament. Could it cost you your relationship? Yes! But, which relationship is more important, your relationship with someone who objectifies you, or, your relationship with the One who made you who you are.
You must remember, as W.C. Fields said, “It ain’t what they call you; it’s what you answer to” that matters. The only way that we will ever receive the blessed mate that God wants to send us is if we know our worth. Too many single Christians think that they are unworthy of God’s best and that kind of negative thinking can do unfathomable levels of harm. So, look yourself in the mirror, and remind yourself that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. And, never ever let anyone convince you otherwise!
Thank You, God for helping me realize
that I am worth of love and respect.
Please forgive me for allowing people in my life
that do not respect me and for disrespecting myself.
Lord, please help me to hold my head up high
and always stand for what is right.
In Jesus’ Name,