What Jesus Did! 'Beyond the Harsh Words, to Graciousness!' — Luke 12:6-7

Friday, August 11, 2023

[Jesus continued,] "What is the price of five sparrows — two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows."
— Luke 12:6-7 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus' words in the previous sentences were strong; [1] some would even say his words were harsh. Jesus reminded us in today's verses, however, that God's desire is not to punish, harm, or bring retribution on us. His desire is to love and bless us. One clear example is simply to look in the created world and see how he has provided for all sorts of animals and birds because of his loving care. It has been so from creation. [2] Long before anyone had ever heard of organizations like PETA or the Humane Society, God showed his love by giving each creature its space and place. Yet we are definitely more valuable than any animal or any other thing that God created. Jesus wants us to know how precious we are to God, so he taught this lesson in Luke 12 and then went out and demonstrated it on the cross!

[1] Luke 12:1-5.
[2] Genesis 1:30.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for knowing me, valuing me, and loving me. Most of all, dear Father, thank you for sending Jesus to show your great love for me. In Jesus' name, I offer my deepest thanks and praise. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Genesis 1:26-31
  • Psalm 139:13-16
  • Romans 8:19

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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