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

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

"When birds are sold, five small birds cost only two pennies. But God does not forget any of them. Yes, God even knows how many hairs you have on your head. Don't be afraid. You are worth much more than many birds."
— Luke 12:6-7 NLT
Illustration of Luke 12:6-7 NLT — "When birds are sold, five small birds cost only two pennies."

Key Thought

Jesus' words in the previous sentences were strong; some would even say his words were harsh. Jesus reminds us, 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 to simply look in the created world and see how he has provided for all sorts of animals and birds because of his loving care. Long before anyone had ever heard of PETA, God showed his love by giving each creature its space and place. Yet we are definitely more valuable than any animal or created thing. Jesus wants us to know how precious we are to God, so he teaches us this lesson in Luke 12 and then goes out and demonstrates it on the Cross!

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 one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.