We finish well and worthily
Tool kit for Worth Season, September 26 - November 25, 2023
No one ever proved his worth better or more dramatically than Jesus the Messiah during his trial and execution. He knew he was worthy of the worship and obedience of the whole world, but the world showed him no respect at all. It misjudged him as worthy of torture and death.
Worth Season is the time of year to gaze in awe at Jesus carrying his cross, to draw courage from it, and to realize how our actions as "worthy finishers" fulfill the purpose he had when he sacrificed his life for God's campaign.
The prophet Isaiah, hundreds of years before Jesus, had predicted the scene in graphic detail:
"He didn’t even look human—a ruined face, disfigured past recognition. . . He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence. Justice miscarried, and he was led off—and did anyone really know what was happening? He died without a thought for his own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people." (Isaiah 52.14 and 53.7-8, The Message)
Jesus could have taken the easy way out by telling the court, "This is all a big misunderstanding. Yes, I am teaching that God’s reign on earth is beginning, but let’s be clear, I am not the Messiah sent from heaven to lead it." The case against him would have been dropped and he would have walked out as a free man.
But Jesus worthily lived up to his calling as the Messiah. He accepted his rejection and execution as his assignment in God's campaign, so there was no backing down, no angry lashing out at his enemies, no attempt to take things into his own hands. He quietly endured to the end, allowing it to look like he was a victim and a disgraced loser.
The Worth Rhythm is the rhythm of Jesus's feet as he staggered loyally toward his place of execution. He was signaling that the solution to the world's problems is not violence but loyalty to a God-given mission, even if it involves shame, rejection, and agony.
The opposition would like to finish us off, but they never get to say, "It is finished." Only Jesus the King gets to say that, like he said it as he died on the cross. He, the ultimate finisher, turns ordinary people, even weak people, into worthy finishers. As we endure things that would break ordinary people, we point to his life and power at work in us by his Holy Spirit.
As you move to the Worth Rhythm, you will discover who you really are, and you will respect what you are becoming under the influence of Jesus--a worthy finisher--not a quitter. And what proves your worth better than willingness to take risk, face ridicule, and endure pain because you know both who you are and what God says you are worth?
You will "See Yourself iN Christ," dependent on his courage and sharing in his worth. So take your choice from the tools in the Worth Tool Kit below, whichever will help you most as you build a new life in Christ, a new you.
Worth Tool Kit
Personal tools to help you finish worthily--choose any or all
Discovering a worthy life--basic tools for all campaign team members
SYNC blog (see under "Resources" tab)