Thursday, March 15, 2012

Inspiration for Today - 15 Mar 12

Do you question your value in this life? Does your wealth define your value? Do the amount of possessions define your value? Does your career define your value? Is it the amount of friends that defines your value?

Jesus said in Luke 12:6-7 (NKJV), "Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."

God says, through His Son Jesus, that you are more valuable than birds. Jesus states in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6:25-30 (NKJV), "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?"

Jesus says again that you are more valuable than birds of the air. You are more valuable than the lilies of the field.

You consider yourself a lost sheep or black sheep. You're too far gone to be of any worth to anyone. Not to Jesus. It does not matter where you are in your life. It does not matter if you are richer than Bill Gates or homeless. It doesn't matter if you've murdered and raped hundreds of people. It doesn't matter if you were a porn star, homosexual, alcoholic, drug addict, lost your entire family, been a foster child, been suicidal, or have been idling through life for 80 years. None of that Jesus.

You are valuable! God has an open invitation for you to join Him and be a part of His Kingdom.

How do you achieve this? Remember, you are never too awful to become a part of the Kingdom of God. All that is required is first admitting that you are a sinner. We have all sinned (lied, lusted, been angry, stolen, used God's name in vain, have idols, etc). Second, believe with all of your heart that Jesus is the Son of God who came to save you of your sin. He took the place of your sin so you could go to heaven. Third, ask Jesus to send the Holy Spirit into your life. is that simple. Many people think it's difficult, but it really isn't at all. Jesus said in John 14:6 (NKJV), "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'" It's only through Jesus that we can talk with our Heavenly Father. It is only through Jesus' death on the cross and His resurrection that we can live free from the chains of sin.

After we become Christians, we become ministers of Jesus who share the good news through our testimony. That is our value. You are of great value. God says you are valuable! Jesus says that you are valuable!

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