I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
The word is derived from the Old English weorþscipe, meaning worship, honour shown to an object, which has been etymologised as "worthiness or worth-ship"—to give, at its simplest, worth to something.
“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Philippians 1:20-21 NIV
Think about something you deem worthy of your thoughts, time, energy, resources. Maybe its your relationship with your spouse, your career, or a hobby.
These are things you ascribe worth to. "It's worth it" is the phrase we would say about whatever the thing might be. But we don't just stop at giving things worth in our lives, we give them a certain amount of worth. These varying amounts of worth determine the amount of thoughts, time, energy, and resources we will spend on that thing. To complicate it further, we may only exert the commodities above on this particular thing at a particular point in time!
For example, when I was in high school, basketball was my favorite thing. I spent countless hours practicing dribbling and putting up shots in my driveway. I would day dream about scenarios I might face during a game and how I would respond in some crazy athletic way to make a great play. I spent money on training camps and gear that I thought would make me a better player. Today, I'm happy if I play pickup ball a couple times a year. I certainly don't day dream about plays my body DOES NOT have the athleticism to make and I still use sneakers from years ago (not worrying about having the latest equipment). Basketball had a large amount of worth at a particular point in time in my life.
Some things maintain similar amounts of value with little fluctuation throughout our lives. The worth we ascribe our relationship with God cannot be like the worth I ascribed basketball. A relationship with God is far greater than anything we enjoy on earth and it is a continual pursuit to know Him more. At the end of the day, nothing we ascribe worth to can bring us fulfillment at a maximum capacity for the entirety of our lives except for a relationship with God our Father through His son Jesus Christ. Notice I didn't say simply believing in Jesus brings us this fulfillment, but rather assigning ultimate, unrivaled worth to a relationship with Him. Thats what brings fulfillment and purpose in ways unexplainable. It's the reason Paul went through numerous beatings, stonings, and imprisonments and at the end continued to live His life sold out for Jesus.
So I ask you, what has worth-ship in your life? Is the worth-ship you ascribe God unmatched and unparalleled?
God, You alone have ultimate worth. You don't need anything to make you worthy but rather give all things created their worth. Help us to realize this each and everyday so we can respond with unparalleled worship and devotion to you. Thank you for your patience and unfailing love for us. In Jesus' Name. Amen