Worthiness, Belief and Spiritual Connection

Thursday June 27, 2024

Good Morning Friends,

I’m thankful today for some new understanding about how worthiness and belief influence spiritual connection.  

Have you ever been praying for something, felt like the heavens were silent, and then wondered if it was because you weren’t worthy or good enough? Have you ever believed that if you were just more righteous, more perfect, did more service, spent more time in the scriptures or at the temple, checked more of the boxes… then you would be granted more spiritual insights?

I had lunch with a mentor friend and expressed some of these sentiments.  He gently explained that worthiness is not a pre-requisite for spiritual experiences.  If it was, no one would connect with God.  He pointed out many examples from the scriptures and from life where this is evident.  In the Bible we learn of Saul (who became Paul), who was directly fighting against God and actually hunting God’s disciples to kill them when he had his angelic visitation.  There is the story of Alma the younger who was creating all sorts of trouble for the church when he was visited by the angel and had his huge spiritual awakening.  My friend related some experiences coaching incredible people from all different walks of life who were having amazing spiritual experiences despite a wide range of “righteousness”.  Since this lunch meeting, I’ve thought about my most transformational spiritual experiences.  Many of them have happened at times when I wasn’t necessarily being very “righteous” or “worthy”.  

There is a quote I came across today which sheds light on this topic. “This Shephard, our ‘Good Shephard’, finds joy in seeing His diseased sheep progress towards healing.” (Renlund). It seems we are ALL “diseased sheep”.  The amount, intensity or type of “disease” we have does not keep God from helping us progress towards healing.

I am grateful today to recognize that when blessings or answers to prayers are slow to come, it is a sneaky tactic of the enemy to jump on this circumstance, putting thoughts into our minds like “Why are you not getting direction…What is wrong with you? … You must not be good enough”.  This mental thought trap is a deceitful lie that eventually attacks our identity.  Believing these thoughts leads us to claim “I am not worthy of the blessing” or “I am not good enough”.  If we fall for these llies, this critical judgment of our own identity lands us in shame.  Shame leads to all sorts of negative coping strategies and behaviors.

Furthermore, if you believe you are not worthy of spiritual direction, it is as if you put up an umbrella blocking you from the abundance of love and blessings God is raining down.  Faith works in both directions- to build and create or to destroy and break down depending on our belief.  Worthiness doesn’t block us from spiritual intervention, but belief can.

God is not as concerned with our comfort, as with our growth. Answers, revelation, blessings, miracles… it all depends on God’s divinely orchestrated timing as well as our faith, not on our worthiness.  Ultimately God will interact with us in the best way that will result in our highest healing and growth.  Better questions to ask are, “Have I sufficiently surrendered to God’s will and divine timing?” “Am I prepared to receive the answer and believe the answer is forthcoming?” “Can I stay 100% committed regardless of how long it takes?” 

The truth is, we are God’s work and glory.  Helping us progress is the highest priority and frequently requires intense trials of faith.  Often, the necessary surrender requires a genuine examination of our expectations as well as re-writing the story we are telling ourself.

A question that can keep us from negative self-talk and inner contention about our identity is, “What am I making this mean about me?” I challenge you to commit to never allow delayed answers or seemingly silent heavens to trigger you to degrade yourself.  You are designed for greatness and God is molding you into the highest version of yourself.  It takes as long as it takes.  Stay consistent, persistent, full of faith and willing to let God prevail.  

CS Lewis is so wise,

 “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

I am grateful for enhanced awareness that— if we are telling ourself we are anything less than divine, precious in the sight of God and beloved, regardless of the timing or amount of spiritual connection we experience, then we are falling for one of satan’s snares.  I am grateful to know that worthiness isn’t a prerequisite for spiritual connection.  I am thankful for the empowered faith that comes from knowing God will show up for us, despite our imperfect state, as we choose to believe in His power and our divine identity, even if it is taking longer than expected.

Remember- YOU ARE DESIGNED FOR GREATNESS!!

Rooting for you always!!