You are loved and valued by Jesus.

 

Jesus Year 2

You are Valuable

Matthew 10:31

 

Last week we reviewed Jesus’ first year and a half of ministry and found that Jesus can be trusted.

We can trust Jesus because:

He overcame the world, He created us, He became one of us, He was tempted like us and did not sin.

Jesus is a trustworthy friend.

 

Today we will review Jesus’ teaching during His second year of ministry. A year in which He broke through and became very popular among the people.  Matthew records so many powerful teachings that it would take several weeks to study each of them.  So we will take an overview and break them down into a few topics.

 

Matthew records two times when Jesus is encouraging people about their value.

 

Matthew 6:26 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?

 

Matthew 10:30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

 

How many times have you felt worthless or said nobody cares? How often to you think you don’t matter?  Your family or friends hurt you and you think they are hurting you because you are worthless.

You compare yourself to the fake images you see on TV and online and think you don’t measure up. You see the creativity on Pinterest and know you aren’t that creative.  You see others bragging on their kids and your kids are driving your crazy.  You see cool parents and your parents are always embarrassing you.

 

I want people to like me. I want my kids and my wife to value me.  I want my birth mother to love me.  I wanted my mom and dad to be pleased with who I had become.  It is nice to hear my brother say he is proud of me.  But it really only matters what I think of myself and what God thinks of me; and I had better agree with God.

 

Jesus says He values me; He loves me. Jesus says I am more valuable than the animals he created and cares for.  He loved me enough.  He thought enough of me to come and die on the cross.  He wants me to be in Heaven with Him for eternity (1 Timothy 2:3).

 

2 Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

 

Have you changed your hair style and no one noticed?  It hurts a little bit.  Fellows have you every shaved off your facial hair and no one noticed?  Most of us are not very observant but that lack to detail hurts others.

God loves you and knows you so well that he knows not only when you change your hair style but when you lose just one hair.  God pays attention to detail because of His great love for you.  He created you in His image (Genesis 1:27).  He also created you in glory and honor.

 

Psalm 8:3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4  what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? 5  You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.

 

You are more magnificent than the universe. Little ole you.

Please do not believe the lies of Satan that you do not have great value in the eyes of God.

 

Because we are important to Him He wants to teach us the right way to live.

He wants us to be a part of His family.

 

Matthew 12:49  Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50  For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

 

The Sermon on the Mount was during Jesus’ second year of ministry. Six times Jesus said, “You have heard … but I tell you.”  The people knew the law but they did not follow the spirit of the law.  Always skirting around the edges.  Jesus doesn’t want you to obey the letter of the law; He wants you to obey the spirit of the law.  He wants us to become like Him not just go through the motions.

 

Jesus said, you have heard don’t murder but I say don’t be angry with a brother or call him a fool (Matthew 5:21, 22).

 

A Christian can’t act like that we are to be salt and light. We are to be an example and make people better.  In your anger you can’t sin; in your hurt feelings you shouldn’t sin.  That is no excuse.

 

Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth. … 14  “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. … 16  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

 

Our speech should bring praise to God. You will be held accountable for your words.

 

Matthew 12:36  But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37  For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

 

How is the day of judgment looking for you based on your words and your thoughts?

Praise God for His grace and forgiveness.

 

Colossians 4:6  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

 

Our words must be full of grace. So let’s think before we speak.  Then hit rewind and see if you would like to hear what you are about to say.  Is your speech seasoned with salt – does it taste good?

 

Throughout this presidential campaign we can see how not to speak and treat one another.

Over the last several years there has been a real push against bullying. But I guess if you are running for President it is ok.  The frontrunners in both parties are guilty of this behavior.

Donald Trump said, “I’m going to get along great with Congress. Paul Ryan, I don’t know him well, but I’m sure I’m going to get along great with him.  And if I don’t, he’s going to have to pay a big price.”

 

That is Mr. Trump’s tactics he will bully you to get his way and he claims to be a good Christian. Max Lucado wrote:  “I don’t know Mr. Trump. But I’ve been chagrined at his antics. He ridiculed a war hero. … He made fun of a disabled reporter. …  He routinely calls people “stupid,” and “dummy.” One writer catalogued sixty-four occasions that he called someone “loser.” …Such insensitivities wouldn’t be acceptable even for a middle school student body election. But for the Oval Office? And to do so while brandishing a Bible and boasting of his Christian faith?        https://maxlucado.com/decency-for-president/

 

I know you are not running for president but how is your speech?

Jesus says not call your brother a fool and He says we will be held accountable for each of our words. The words we choose shows our character.  What are your words revealing about you?

 

 

Jesus doesn’t want you to obey the letter of the law; He wants you to obey the spirit of the law. He wants us to become like Him not just go through the motions.

 

Jesus said, you have heard don’t commit adultery but I say don’t look lustfully in your heart (Matthew 5:27, 28).

 

Jesus said, you have heard don’t divorce without a certificate but I say don’t divorce except for marital unfaithfulness (Matthew 5:31, 32).

 

Jesus said, you have heard do not break your oath but I say let your yes be yes and your no be no (Matthew 5:33, 37).

 

Jesus said, you have heard eye for an eye but I say don’t resist an evil person (Matthew 5:38, 39).

 

Jesus said, you have heard Love your neighbor and hate your enemy but I say Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:43, 44).

 

The only way you are going to be able to love your enemy is to forgive your enemy.

Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 

Jesus simply concludes by saying,

Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

 

You can’t be perfect. You can’t be mature by going through the motions.

When kids are little and they get upset with each other we make them say, “I am sorry”.  They said it but I am not sure they always meant it or understood what that meant.  It was good practice for when they are older.

They went through the motions but it did not mean anything. We can’t go through the motions of obeying God; it just won’t mean anything.  Maybe that is why people walk away.  They are tired of playing the game that means nothing.

 

Quit playing the game of following Jesus and truly give Him you whole heart.

 

Jesus goes on to say give to the needy, pray, and fast. He tells us to store up our treasures in Heaven and not here on earth.  He warns us not to worry but seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness.  Then He gives us this promise.

 

Matthew 7:24  “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” 28  When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29  because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

 

Build your life on Him. Life is hard but when you build on the rock, Jesus, your house will not come crashing down.  Yes, you will feel the wind and the rain.  It won’t be pleasant; it may even seem like all is lost.  But your life will not fall apart, you will stand.

 

Jude 1:24  To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy– 25  to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

 

Jesus wants to keep you from falling – you are valuable to Him.

Like a precious vase He does not want you knocked over and broken.

So He has given us His word to live by. Follow His word and you will not be broken.