5 Reasons Why I am Not Worthy - And That's Okay

Updated: Oct 1, 2020

And he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, and the guests I invited aren’t worthy of the honor. - Matthew 22:8

You are not worthy. She is not worthy. I am not worthy.

You might find the sentences above a little hard to swallow, and I don't blame you. With the amount of "I Am Worthy" statements being thrown around today in Christian culture, reading something so opposite of it might be kind of a shock. But I want to explain today why I think the "Worthy" mindset is so dangerous and even anti-Christian, and why we need to stop throwing this term around so willy-nilly.

Let's look at some examples of the "I am Worthy" statements being used in today's Christian culture:

  • Chris Tomlin's new song, "Who You are to Me," with Lady A makes this statement, Sometimes I have my doubts, I'm sure that everybody does, and I wonder when I stumble, am I still worthy of Your love?

  • In Jennifer Rothschild's Bible study, Hosea, she writes this to the reader: "You were worth the life of Jesus. That is how valuable you are to Him. You may not feel that special or valuable, but, Gomer Girl, who you are and how you feel are not the same thing. Trust God's opinion of you. He sees you as incredibly, eternally, valuable." (I own this Hosea study. Taken from pages 64-65.)

  • Rachel Hollis, in her supposedly Christian book, "Girl, Stop Apologizing," says this, "You are beautiful, and are worthy of good things, and if you don't believe that, nobody will."

So these examples might not seem that bad right? What's wrong with a little "I Am Worthy" statements to make us feel better?

Allow me to explain five reasons why I find this subtle statement dangerous.

1. There is only One Person in Scripture who is considered "Worthy."

That person is Jesus. Revelations 5:1-5 states,

Then I saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who was sitting on the throne. There was writing on the inside and the outside of the scroll, and it was sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel, who shouted with a loud voice: “Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll and open it?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll and read it. Then I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll and read it. But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.”