The Messages Of The Master
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer
yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
Probably the most often taught words of our Lord, Jesus Christ, are the stories illustrated in the form of the parable. Because parables were short allegorical stories, using imagery and every day themes that were meant to teach a moral principle they were an easy way to convey an important concept to the masses who were often uneducated and simple farmers, herders or fishermen. And I suspect this is the reason the teaching of the parables is the most common instructional tool for Sunday School classes when studying the New Testament. However, ask any adult to tell you about one of their favorite stories from Christ’s teachings and you are apt to hear one of his parables.
Now the messages that I try to convey in my daily blogs are, by no means, anywhere close to those lessons that Christ taught more than 2000 years ago, but the way I try to write is most certainly modeled on every day themes with the goal of conveying some moral principle or lesson. And I like to think that is why my blogs have reached a global audience through reprints and hits every day. And for that I want to express my sincere thanks to each and every single person who chooses to travel along on this journey with me every day! It is because of you all that I am growing and my faith strengthening with each step I take. And perhaps yours is becoming strengthened by what you learn here, as well. So, with that in mind, I want to share my favorite of all of Christ’s parables!
The Birds of Heaven and the Lilies of the Field
24 “No one can serve two
masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted
to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
25 “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 important than food, and the body more
important than clothes?
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?
27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies
of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was dressed like one of these.
30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which
is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe
you, O you of little faith?
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What
shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your
heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and
all these things will be given to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will
worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
What is His message with this parable? I believe that when we overly worry about material things we become anxious and we lose all our self-confidence. And I believe it impossible for those feeling so weak and so full of self-doubt to manage the resources to not only help themselves but the other important people in their lives! But if we try to find righteousness within by embracing our faith and trusting in Him, we not only reap the rewards in our own lives but we somehow find within, the capacity to reach out and help others. By using the illustration about the birds and the flowers, Jesus promises us that a God who so meticulously tends to the needs of the littlest of His creations, will certainly provide no less to us, the greatest of His creations….His children!
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:4 ESV
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