There’s a saying on the Kew Primary School emblem that simply states ‘Be Worthy’.
Instead of being exclusionary, this statement is an invitation to our son and to all KPS students to not only be worthy of the privilege of belonging to a vibrant school community, but to go on and live a life that adds value to the world rather than talking from it.
Paul also encourages us to be worthy of the destiny God has planned for our lives:
‘I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received’ – Ephesians 4:1 (NIV)
The Richmond Football Club sets a standard for it’s players to be considered worthy to be part of the team, where something more highly valued than individual talent is the requirement for each player to adopt a team approach in the way they play. In fact the Tigers success this year has largely been attributed to some of the key players choosing to see their team mates excel even at the cost of their own individual performances.
This is exactly the approach that Paul defines as success. To the extent that a person adopts this same selfless team attitude in life is the same extent to which a person is considered ‘worthy’ of their call. He emphasises that there are no superstars, but only team members who each play an important part:
‘There is one body and one Spirit, [and] to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it… so that the body of Christ may be built up… as each part does its work’ (4:4;7;12;16)
In other words, it’s as we each work hard (according to the grace or gifting that God has given us) to build up and strengthen the body that we live a life ‘worthy’ of the calling of God.
It’s unlike the corporate sense of worth that might be achieved by pushing down on others to climb higher. Worthiness can never found by taking or demanding it from others, but always comes as a byproduct of elevating and adding value to those around us, helping them to achieve success.
As you use your gift and talent to help others succeed, you will discover the joy of being part of a winning team and the satisfaction of being worthy!
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