You have worth because God thought you were worth saving.
This statement stems from the self-esteem movement, finding popular expression in songs like “Worth.” The song states:
You thought I was worth saving
So you came and changed my life.
The Bible teaches the exact opposite. Romans 7:18 states that in our flesh dwells no good thing. God saves us, not because we are worth saving, but so that he will be glorified.
In Numbers 14, Moses pleads with God to spare the people of Israel not because they are worth it, but because God’s character is one of mercy and forgiveness.
Both our songs and our theology should follow in the tradition of Isaac Watts, whose music displays a passion for Christ rather than for his own self-worth:
Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?