TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, March 26, 2018:
Relative worth or importance; monetary or material worth; the worth of something.
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?
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
God is all knowing, all powerful, our creator and the creator of the world and has everything He needs. So what is valuable to God? God puts great value on the soul of every person He created even though in comparison to God we are nothing. God wants us to understand value from an eternal perspective.
Jesus taught the parable of the lost sheep in Matthew 12:12-13. He said that if a shepherd owns 100 sheep and one gets lost He will leave the 99 and look for the one that is lost. Jesus tells us in this parable that the shepherd is happier with the one sheep when found than with the other 99. We need to understand that this is the value that God puts on us and like the shepherd He does not want to lose any one of us and He will go to great lengths to find us.
Look what God did for us to show us the value He puts on each one of us. He sent His only Son to live on this earth to teach us many things about how we should live. He had His Son die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and then Jesus was resurrected and taken back to heaven to prepare for us an eternal home if we accept Him as our Savior.
When you study the scriptures, you can see God’s perspective on the value of things of this world. He teaches us about the value of His people who love and serve Him, the value of life, the value of money, the value of the lost sheep, the eternal value of a soul, the value of giving even if it is small like the widow’s mite, the value of an eternal inheritance and the value of faith in Him, just to name a few.
If you have a concern understanding these values let us suggest the following. If you do not understand the value of a healthy life, go to a children’s hospital and visit several rooms. If you are comfortable financially and do not recognize the value of God’s blessing on your life, go visit a poor family in the slum area of your town or a homeless section and talk to a man or woman who has to sleep on the street every night. We all need to be reminded from time to time about what has lasting and important value.
God has put great value on your life. He has offered to adopt you and make you one of His children and He gave His own life to make that possible. What more could He possibly do to make you see how much he values you and how great is His love for you? What greater value can you ask for? Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and ask Him to come into your heart so that you will have God’s gift of eternal life. Nothing has greater value than spending eternity with our heavenly Father who has prepared a home for us in His Glorious Kingdom.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 118:24.
This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Thank You for the value You have placed on my life. I praise You for being my God, my Savior and Lord. Thank You for being all powerful, all knowing and sovereign. Keep me growing spiritually daily so that I will not be one of those lost sheep that You have to search for. Keep me safely in Your fold.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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