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Are You Worthy?

Worthy means to have worth, to be valuable. From the Christian perspective, people become worthy in God's eyes when they become obedient to Him. The words deliverance and salvation are directly related to those who are worthy because it is on account of their being valuable to God that they will be saved from the flames, just as a parent will save their child from a burning building, while leaving things that are not valuable to burn.

"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).

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"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.

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire [see Baptism Of Fire]: Whose fan is in his hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:8-12 KJV)

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 Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel." (Matthew 8:5-10 KJV)

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)

"When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe [see When Will You Be Judged?], because our testimony among you was believed, in that day. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ." (2 Thessalonians 1:10-12 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].

"He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me." (Matthew 10:37-40 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is going to happen to those who were once worthy, but chose to make themselves unworthy thereafter?
Hebrews 10:26-29

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