"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"
In what we refer to as Christ's Sermon on the Mount, at one point during his message, Jesus stops, stands back, and says to the hundreds listening, "Look at these birds flying overhead. Look at those birds. Look how free they are. And look how God takes care of every single one of them. Be like them and don't worry about tomorrow because God is going to take care of you."
He also says, "They don't store things away in barns." We might say they don't have giant savings accounts and big retirements and golden parachutes. They don't have inheritances. They don't know what tomorrow holds, but they don't care. Look at them. God cares for them.
In Jesus' day, two sparrows could be sold for one copper coin. They barely had any value in the marketplace. Nevertheless, Jesus said, "God infinitely cares about these birds that are flying over. He takes care of them."
In the words of theologian Dallas Willard, "How many birds are you worth?" Are you worth more than just a little bird? If God takes care of them, how much more will He care for you?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for taking care of me. Help me to appreciate your generosity. And help me to accept my worth in you and my purpose in your kingdom here on earth. Amen.
By Pastor Bobby Schuller