Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. ~ Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV
What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ ~ Philippians 3:8 (NIV)
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” ~ Luke 10:38-42
There’s so much to do, and there’s so little time. Are you a busy person? Even if you’re not, you’ve certainly come to realize that there are always plenty of things to worry about.
When Jesus visited the home of his friends Martha and Mary, we hear that Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. You can imagine, I’m sure, what that felt like. Jesus was not only their friend, but also their Lord and Savior. Wouldn’t you want everything to be just right for his visit? So Martha frantically tried to take care of all the business of cleaning and cooking and serving, but she did it to the point that she got distracted from the real point of Jesus’ visit.
There’s nothing against paying attention to many things. The problem is in the way we let those things fill our hearts with worry. Then we lash out at those around us as Martha did: “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” But we’re the ones with the problem. Whenever we set God aside as though we’re in charge of everything, we always learn the hard way that we can’t manage things as well as he can.
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord said, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.”
Do you ever get worried or upset over many things? Do you ever get distracted from Jesus? Don’t be afraid. Jesus has never let himself get distracted from you. He went to his cross and suffered and died for you. He has paid for all your sins. In a life where it seems like nothing is ever finished, the most important thing is. Jesus has paid for your sins. He said it himself from the cross: “It is finished.”
So find that Martha inside of you–the worrier who is full of anxiety–and tell her to take a hike. You have a Savior named Jesus. He has suffered and died and risen from the dead for you. He speaks to you in his Word. He’s the only thing you need.
Dear Jesus, forgive my sins, calm my anxious heart, and lead me to trust you in all things. Amen.
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. ~ Psalm 16:11 NIV
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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. ~ 1Peter 3-4a NIV
The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure. ~ Psalm 93:1 NIV
Worship Services, Sunday School, and Bible Studies at Living Hope are postponed until further notice. All public gatherings in Douglas County with more than 10 people are prohibited through April 30 . View our YouTube channel for online sermons. Read devotional articles written by Pastor Tom Jeske here >. We are praying for all those who are affected by the Covid-19. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13 NIV
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The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. ~ Psalm 23:1-3 NIV
It was not with perishable things…that you were redeemed. ~ 1 Peter 1:18
In the corner of a museum in Springfield, Illinois, there is a special room where people enter quietly. In that room there is a clear, glass case. The case has special lighting. The interior of the case keeps a specific temperature and a specific level of humidity. All of this technology is necessary because of what the case contains. Inside that case is Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat.
As you view this hat, there are two features that may jump out at you. One is that, on the hat’s brim, you can see wear marks from the first two fingers of Mr. Lincoln’s right hand from all the times he tipped his hat in greeting or held it steady in a stiff wind.
The second feature is more sobering. It is the simple fact that the hat looks old. For all the efforts to preserve the hat’s condition, the passage of time has still made its impact. With age has come deterioration. As time goes on, the deterioration will continue.
Deterioration does not just strike famous hats of former presidents, of course. Everything in this sinful, fallen world deteriorates. Everything wears out. Everything is perishable.
And so when God chose to buy us back from the curse of our sin, the payment price could not be something perishable. It could not be something of fleeting, temporary value. That’s why God sent his Son.
As a result,
- God’s forgiveness of your sins will not deteriorate.
- The peace you possess in Christ will not expire.
- The Lord’s promises to you will never perish.
Not because of a museum’s preservation technology, but because of the perfect life, death and resurrection of the Son of God.
Heavenly Father, because of Jesus, your promises to me will never perish. In troubled times, comfort me with this truth. Amen
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Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.’” ~ Exodus 19:3-5
What is your most treasured possession? For a child, it might be a bicycle or a Barbie Doll. For a teenager, it might be a pair of jeans or a phone. Perhaps for you, it is your wedding ring or a family heirloom.
Have you ever wondered what God treasures? He has a great deal to choose from since everything in creation is his. Every bird, every animal, every gemstone, every mountain…everything is his.
But what does God treasure most? You. He made you. He wanted you in his world. He has provided for you and protected you. And even though you have often strayed from him and gone against his commands, he treasured you so much that he came into this world in the person of Jesus Christ and rescued you from your own rebellion.
You may not believe that you are very valuable. It may seem like other people don’t consider you very valuable either. You may not think you matter. But the sacrifice God made when he went to the cross is your proof of how valuable you are to him. Let that be your comfort and peace this day, knowing that no matter what you are facing or how you might feel you are failing, by faith in Jesus you are God’s treasured possession. And he plans to keep you for the rest of eternity.
Heavenly Father, you know there are times I do not feel very valuable. I think of the pain I have caused others and the pain my sins have caused you. But your Word tells me that through Jesus I am your treasured possession. I marvel at such a thought! May all I do this day be worthy of such an honor. Amen.