Encouragement

His Eye Is on the Sparrow

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 apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. – Matthew 10:29-32 

Worry is a human condition that affects us all. The reason we worry is because we are all broken creatures who have been affected by the fall of Adam into sin. As his descendants we struggle to trust in God. Though worry is not good, don’t be too hard on yourself because you are not alone. All people worry from time to time; some more than others. Instead be encouraged by what Jesus told his disciples just before he sent them out into the mission field. 

He said don’t fear those who can only “kill your body” but rather “fear the One who can destroy both body and soul in hell.” Jesus also told them that if God cares for a tiny sparrow (a worthless bird, monetarily speaking) then how much more will He care for us? God is sovereign (that means He is in control of the events of the world) and there is nothing that can happen to us apart from His will. This teaching is of great comfort to us because even in the difficult and tragic things of life we can know that God is somehow working out His purpose in our lives. So be encouraged and don’t be afraid because “every hair on your head is numbered” (even if you don’t have much hair!) and you are worth far more to God than sparrows. 

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Be Astonishing

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. – Acts 4:13

Something jumped out to me in this verse this past week that I had never seen before when reading through the book of Acts. There were a group of religious and political leaders who were giving Peter and John a hard time for their ministry in the name of Jesus so they arrested them and brought them in for an interrogation. These men noticed many things about Peter and John’s life. They noticed they were unschooled men. Peter and John did not have lots of formal education. They also noticed they were ordinary men. Neither came from special stock. But more than anything else they noticed that these men had been with Jesus. Could people tell that about your life?  

There are many things that people could take notice of in our lives but would they ever notice that we have been with Jesus? To get noticed for that would be the greatest recognition we could ever receive. It would also mean that our lives were making a difference for the Kingdom of God. Friend, what are you striving to be noticed for in your life? Be encouraged and live for Christ. There is no greater goal for your life. 

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