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Are You Worthy?
by Wayne Blank
"Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling"
John the Baptist (see also John's Last Days) was a prime example of what makes someone worthy. John was repentant ("Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance") and humble ("He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear"), two qualities that evil people refuse to have. Why? Because they obey the "god of this world," Satan (see Who Still Rules The World Today?). Satan is unrepentant ("Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee," Ezekiel 28:15 KJV) and arrogant ("I will exalt my throne above the stars of God," Isaiah 14:13 KJV).
"Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Faith is another quality of being worthy because faith itself is the fruit of obedience and humility. The Roman centurion's "Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed" is an example of how even the most brutal, arrogant people can become worthy.
"And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto Him a centurion, beseeching Him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
And so too is prayer part of faith, obedience and humility. Evil people don't pray.
"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass [see Matthew 24], and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:36 KJV)
Worthy people don't love their fellow man less than they possibly can; they just always love God more.
"He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me [see Carrying The Cross].
Fact Finder: What is going to happen to those who were once worthy, but chose to make themselves unworthy thereafter?