Incalculable Investment

Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? . . . And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that 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, will he not much more clothe you? So do not worry . . . (Matthew 6:25-26, 28-30)

During His magnificent Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught us all that worry is a waste of our energy in light of the fact that God has promised to meet all of our needs and so much more. If God cares so well for the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, how much more will He care for you, whom He made in His image?

The care God has for you is incalculable! With no need whatsoever to create anything, God, in His infinite wisdom and unfathomable love, chose to create the universe and everything in it . . . including you. And if that isn’t enough to encourage and inspire you to live a life of meaning, significance, and purpose for God’s glory, consider this: After our first parents, Adam and Eve, willfully rebelled against God and then ran and hid from Him, God came after them and promised to save them from sin, Satan, and death.

It was one thing for God to create; it was another thing altogether for God to promise to re-create — at incalculable cost to Himself — everything that we had broken through our sin. The Savior God promised was His Son, who died on a cruel cross to pay the penalty for all our sin. God the Father invested the life of God the Son into us — not just to secure our eternal life, but our everyday life as well. Jesus has promised abundant life, right here, right now, for those who love Him. Jesus has given you His truth, His strength, and His wisdom so you can live a life that truly matters.

So regardless of where this message finds you today, know that Jesus is for you . . . He is with you . . . and He is in you. Jesus wants the absolute best for your life, and that “best” begins with an intimate relationship with Him — not just daily, but moment by moment. Remember, Jesus paid for your life with His precious blood. Let the incalculable investment He has already made in you both comfort you and challenge you to live for the expansion of His kingdom, rather than your own.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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