A Woman’s Worth: More than My Messes

I grew up believing I was valuable to God if I was good. Which was great until I started making a bunch of MESSES.

You see I was a rule follower, until I wasn’t. And then the whole foundation of my faith pretty much crumbled right before my eyes.

Never Good Enough

Yes, God wants me to follow the rules because He knows what is best for His children. Yes, Jesus said if we love Him we would obey His commands. But they aren’t the basis for our worth or our salvation. We cannot earn His grace by being good anymore than we can lose it by being bad. His grace comes to us as a gift through faith and there is no MESS greater than His grace.

Faith founded on my works always makes me feel unworthy.

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Because I will never be good enough.Worth More Than My Messes

There will never be a day when I don’t make a MESS of something.

Failure doesn’t devalue us. Mistakes don’t disqualify us. MESSES don’t make us unworthy.

They are precisely why God sent His son to die for us.

God knew just what a MESS we would make of our lives long before He sent His Son to the cross. In fact, He sent His Son to die for us because He knew we could never live up to His standards.

Yet we need those standards, the law, to show us how much we need His grace.

Shame or Guilt

Shame makes us feel worthless, but just enough guilt should gently guide us toward the good news of the Gospel. That’s where we see just how much we are worth to God. That’s where we discover the permanence of His love for us. That’s where we find our strength and freedom to step out in faith.

We don’t have to be ashamed of the MESSES we’ve made when we know how much we’re worth to God.

My MESSES could (and sometimes do) make me feel unqualified and unworthy to share the gospel, but that’s Satan talking. He wants to keep us chained to the law so we cannot live in the freedom of the gospel. So we won’t realize just how much we are worth. So we feel unfit to share God’s grace with others.

If being perfect was a prerequisite for sharing the gospel, God’s people would have been silenced long ago. Because none of us is without sin. We have all MESSED up and fall short of God’s glory.

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If your past mistakes haunt you, deposit them at the base of the cross, receive His grace and forgiveness, and get back to being the MASTERPIECE God created you to be.

What MESSES do you need to unload today so that you can finally feel worthy of the calling God has placed on your life?

More Than My Messes

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34 thoughts on “A Woman’s Worth: More than My Messes

  1. I think I need to be willing to make some messes. I make them but work so hard to be perfect that can be just as hard. Striving for something and feeling guilty when that doesn’t happen.

    1. Striving for perfection can be crippling to us and our faith. I challenge you to break free from the fear of making a MESS and step out in faith today, Beth! Blessings!

  2. Liz, I’m so thankful for the God who meets me in my mess and then shows me how to live. I want to model this kind of “messy love” for the people in my life who are discouraged and hopeless.
    Thanks for bringing truth into the room!

  3. “Failure doesn’t devalue us. Mistakes don’t disqualify us. MESSES don’t make us unworthy.” Amen!! I have to remind myself on a regular basis that my worth comes from Christ and nothing I do can add to or take away from it.

  4. Liz, such an encouraging post. I am so grateful that “Failure doesn’t devalue us. Mistakes don’t disqualify us. Messes don’t make us unworthy.” I am so grateful that God values, qualifies, and makes us worthy through His Son. Thank you for reminding us all of this truth today!

  5. What life-giving encouragement here, friend! I’ve been wanting to read this all week, since I saw it on Facebook. So good to remember that no mess I make is greater than God’s grace. 🙂 Thank you.

  6. Liz, there is so much GOOD in your post. It’s necessary to remember that we don’t have to earn our value, or earn God’s love, isn’t it? I loved what you said about how our mistakes and messes and failings don’t determine if God loves us. He already does. As you shared, those are what often drive us to His throne and teach us about the beauty of grace.

    Beautiful words today!

  7. I enjoyed your thoughts this morning! I am so glad God doesn’t expect us to be perfect since I have ‘messes’ daily! Thanks for sharing.

    1. I truly hope more women will begin to see themselves that way, Timberley! Life is so much sweeter that when we do! Blessings!

  8. Satan loves regret, doesn’t he? Who of us hasn’t made a mess of some things? All part of life in a spiritually broken world. What a sweet God we serve — who sees beyond the mess and helps us rebuild. How can that even be? Only God. 🙂 — Hope your move/packing is going well, Liz. Praying for you. ((hug))

  9. I am so thankful for His renewed grace for me! I don’t have to strive for perfection. Thanks for sharing on Grace and Truth this week. I’ve shared your post on social media.

  10. I’m right there with you – always feeling I make a mess. I was reading this morning that God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. I think being humble is admitting our mess and needing Jesus. Being proud is thinking we’ve got it all together.

  11. Liz!!!! I think this is downright amazing of a post. I think it’s the best and most straightforward on this topic I’ve ever read. AND this mama needed it. I am glad Jennifer featured you. Blessings to you dear and keep on writing!

    Meg

    1. Thank you, Meghan! I so appreciate the encouragement! I need to be reminded often just how much God loves me despite my MESSES! Blessings!

  12. How did I miss this post? I always visit over here. I feel like a mess 95% of the time. But this week? A late comment on a post humbled me to the point of stopping and thanking the Lord that my words are His and they aren’t falling to the ground! Love you, Liz…

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