6/15/20

Our scripture this week Is Matthew 10:24-31.

The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household! So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

In this lesson Jesus tells His followers not to worry about people’s opinion or the secrets they may keep. He teaches that earthly things are only temporary and that our true happiness is in God. When we stop letting human things like pride of position, wealth and possessions consume our lives, we can truly be in connection with God.

He explains the danger of worrying about our lives here and failing to be concerned about our eternal situation. Chasing treasure here can mean we aren’t paying attention to our relationship with God. He wants us to see that we are better than the things we so often desire.

Jesus uses the analogy of the sparrows that were the least expensive sacrifice available for sale at the temple to indicate our value to God. If God takes notice of these, how much more will He be aware of our needs? Each of us is precious to Him and we can be assured that the Lord pays attention to all His children.

Heavenly Father, we are often wrapped up in our own issues and the challenges we create for ourselves. Help us to see what is truly valuable, our relationship with You and sharing Your love with all. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

UMC pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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