Friday, April 9, 2010

valuable to God

Luke 12:4” "And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him! 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 8 Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. 9 But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.”

Jesus did not pull His punches when He wanted to let people know how much they mean to God. The individual was something precious and valuable to Jesus. He would look out over the multitudes and be moved with compassion. However, the truly touching stories are when He would minister to the individual; the woman caught in adultery, the woman at the well, Nicodemus, and Peter. God cares about us so much that He continually tells us how much through His word. Here Jesus is being thronged by so many people that the scriptures say they could not even be counted. With that many people we would think that the message He would deliver would be general and vague. However, the opposite is true. Jesus spoke to the individual; He spoke to you and to me.

Jesus spoke about how God cares for the sparrow and even the smallest of birds God is aware of His dealings. Jesus made mention that if God knows the sparrow, how much more do you think that God knows and cares for you. He spoke about the care and tenderness that God has for us, that even the very hairs of our heads are numbered. Think about that; God just does not know how many hairs we have He has numbered them. What is the significance of that? It reminds us that we are divinely made and fashioned: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Eph 2:10 Being His workmanship means that we are His masterpiece; there is an effort on God’s part, like an artist taking his time in sculpting that once in a life time master opus.
With the understanding that we are under the protection of the Master Artist, we have no fear of what this world can do to us. We have the right to be bold for Christ. It is our responsibility not to be intimidated by this world and the troubles it can throw our way. We can have the confidence to know that God will supply all of our needs, especially when it comes to sharing our faith in Christ.

Tomorrows Readings:
Old Testament: 1 Sam 4-6 New Testament Luke 12:35-59

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