March 21, 2009
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-8
I am not a great athlete. I am not even a mediocre competitor.
Maybe that's why I remember some of the sports greats of the past. Maybe some of you, like me, recall the great French skier Jean-Claude Killy.
Killy became world famous because he was faster than anyone else. How much faster?
He was three-tenths of a second faster than his closest opponent. Three-tenths of a second doesn't sound like much, but it can be a very big deal indeed. It is the difference between winning and losing, the difference between gold and silver.
Perhaps little things can mean a lot -- not just in sports -- but in many areas of life.
I am thankful we have a Lord who knows that. Most certainly He is concerned with the big things of this life, such as our salvation. But He is also concerned about the little things, like how you are doing today.
The Lord doesn't just care about the leaders, the stars, the famous and rich of the world. No, not at all. God, who cares for sparrows, also cares about us. That's right, God cares about small, insignificant us.
Now, you will most certainly be excused if you're asking, "why?" I can tell you why. He is concerned about us because He loves us -- the smallest child, the homeless man, the lonely woman. The world may forget these folks, but the Lord doesn't. For them, for all, He sent His Son into the world to live, suffer, die, and rise.
Now, because of what Jesus has done, we can be thankful. Thankful that God cares about the sparrow, the hairs on our heads, and all the forgotten folk. We can be thankful that our God, who remembers the littlest things, also remembers us.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for caring about me and all the little bits of my life. Keep safe those who have been forgotten by everyone except You. Through Your Holy Spirit bring them to the knowledge that You care and, in Jesus, are eager for them to be saved. In Your Son's Name. Amen.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
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