God never changes

10 08 2011

If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds. Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. (Matthew 6:25-34)

If I have learned one thing recently, I have learned that God is always faithful. No matter what I do, or where I go, our how little faith I might have some days, God is consistent. He loves, He is patient, He has my best interests in mind. I have read this passage many times with the same thought in mind, but today I heard it presented from a different perspective. Usually, when I read this, I think “Aww that’s so nice. Jesus loves me more than the flowers and the birds.” But I never stopped to think how this thought was more than just that, a thought. How does this truth spur me to action? How will it change my life?

The fact that Jesus loves us, that God is consistently faithful, is not a stopping point. We can not live in that truth without it leading us to act. To risk sounding cliche, we are blessed to be a blessing. The only reason for us to deepen our understanding of God’s love for us is to then, in turn, love others. So if God takes care of me more than the flowers and the birds, what should I do as a response? I am called to be an example of Christ’s love to those around me. If he loves me and takes care of my worries, than I want to take care of others in my path and ease their worries. I want Jesus to use me to show His love to the people I know.

I want to not just rest in the truth that God has it all figured out, but to help others reach the same conclusion. I want to love because I was loved first.

In His love,
Stacey

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