Net Worth

I am a retired accountant. The net worth of a business is far different from the net worth of a believer. Assets minus liabilities equal the net worth. However, for a believer, Jesus’ death on the cross is the difference. Our net worth is not based on our performance. It is not what we have done, but what Jesus’ death accomplished.

1 Corinthians 6:20 says, “For you are bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Isaiah 53:4-5 says, “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”

Jesus paid our debt in full, leaving us with no liabilities. We don’t owe anything because He satisfied the requirement: the wages of sin is death. He took on our sins. He bore them in our place. Since we have no liabilities, our net worth is our assets. Jude verse 24 says, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.”

2 Peter 1:3 says, “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.” Why then do we fall prey to our flesh? Verse 9 says that we lack the things He said to add to our faith: virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.

The verse says, “For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.” Paul explained it this way. Romans 6:11 says, “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Dead to sin means that it has no power because nothing can stimulate something that is dead. Our flesh is influenced or killed through our thoughts. We have been given everything that we need through our relationship with the Lord. Everything. We do have the responsibility to obey. The path of obedience is strewn with grace. The path of the disobedience is hard because He only gives grace to the humble.

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