8/1/2013 2:02:37 PM
Do Not Worry
One of the most popular comedies on television was Seinfeld. Jerry Seinfeld took things from everyday life and accentuated the humor. For example, no matter what happened in life, Jerry always broke even. If he lost twenty dollars somehow he found twenty. If he lost a job another came along and so on. He didn’t worry because for him all things evened out. He was “Even Steven.”
As Christians, we are “Even Steven.” I cannot guarantee that when you lose money you will find it, or if you have a bad harvest this year it will be bountiful next, or if you smash your car you will get a new one, or if you get sick you will recover, or if you lose a loved one you will receive another. But as Christians we are “Even Steven.” God works everything out in his time for our good. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whoï»¿ have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
We don’t have to worry because God is caring for us. He gave us his Son, Jesus Christ. He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32
Jesus is the great equalizer. He takes the bad and makes it good. He takes the unfruitful and makes it grow. He takes sorrow and turns it into joy. All this he gives us because he loves us so much that he would die for our sins. He gives us righteousness before God and an eternal home in heaven. So do not worry about this life for the Lord has you in his loving arms and will provide you with all that you need, even and most importantly, the faith to trust in Him.
Jesus has “evened things up” so to speak and says, “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? 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:25-27,33
Keep Christ First!
Pastor Chris Christenson