How Much More Ministry.
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Our God’s bias is towards “much more ministry.“ To be exact, it’s a “how much more ministry.“ As Jesus says in Matthew 6:26—
“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?”
New International Version
Many of our English translations conveniently label this section with something like “Do Not Worry.“ Who says God isn’t concerned about our earthly realities? Those realities sometimes find us worrying. At times, I could likely vie for a gold medal if worrying were only an Olympic sport.
God is a God of compassion. He is creator, our creator. He is redeemer, our redeemer. He is sanctifier, our sanctifier. Father. Son. Holy Spirit. God, our God, is concerned about the whole creation he has made us to be.
Take a look in the mirror today. You are no accident. God created you on purpose, with purpose, for the purpose of living to his glory.
I enjoy feeding birds. Among other things, it reminds me of Christ’s words in the Sermon on the Mount. Not just the “feeding“ words. Oh, no. I am reminded of the “how much more ministry“ of our God. It’s much more than we could ever hope or imagine.
When worries assail you, look for the birds. God is caring for them. God is feeding them. How much more does God care for you! How much more does God feed you! He feeds you physically and spiritually – and emotionally. The Lord who redeemed the whole person cares for the whole person by his grace.
When we are consumed with worry, we are consumed with ourselves and our needs. “Look,“ Jesus says. To follow Jesus’ command we must look up, look out, and look away from ourselves. Now we can see what he’s talking about. We can see the point he’s making.
Where are you at today? God loves you so much. And, yes, how much more.
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