7673 - You Are Valuable

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We are now in chapter 12 of the book of Luke. In this chapter Jesus clearly sets before us the priority for life.

Listen to Luke 12:22-31:

Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.

Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!

And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.

But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

These verses are addressed to the disciples of Jesus — those who trust and follow Him. They focus upon those supplies we often call necessities of life — food, clothes and such things. And the emphasis has to do with our attitude toward them. The command is not to worry about these things. That means we are not to be uneasy or troubled regarding securing these in our life.

These words of Jesus are based upon the character of God. God is trustworthy. He has never failed to fulfill a promise he has made. Furthermore, God evidences steadfast love. That means he loves us more than we can understand or comprehend. God is also omnipotent; thus, he has all power to actually accomplish all of his promises for all of his children, all at the same time.

In the infinite character of God he loves all his creatures. Since God loves the birds sufficiently to provide the food which they need on a continual basis; and since he dresses up the plants of the field in such beauty even though their time on earth is so short, then he certainly cares for his children infinitely more; so then we may expect and anticipate that he will provide clothes needed for his children to accomplish his purpose here on earth.

The issue is, will each of his children trust him with such confidence and assurance to provide for life’s necessities, that our heart attitude will be full assurance, instead of being pulled-at and tugged-upon in our inner attitudes by doubt and apprehension.

The problem often come to our personal desires instead of our trust. I mean, we may want a thick beefsteak instead of the beans and cornbread which God may supply. And we may want a fancy weave in our suit instead of the reliable garment which the Lord makes possible.

The scripture puts the issue to us right up front by telling us: “Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.”

Our relationship with the Lord is the most important thing in life. You are valuable to Him. He wants to bless you.

When it comes to asking God for a need, we must ask according to his will. When we do this we can be sure he will hear and answer our prayer (1 John 5:14-15).

The book of James (4:3) tells us that the reason we sometimes do not get a positive answer to prayer is that we ask with wrong motives. What we ask for will not accomplish God’s purpose.

May our desire be to honor and obey our Lord, and be available for His use to accomplish His purpose here on earth.