Jesus said that God is aware of everything that happens, even to sparrows, and you are far more valuable to Him than they are. You are so valuable that God sent His Only Son to die for you (John 3:16). You need never fear personal threats or difficult trials because God Himself places such value on you! Nothing can separate you from the Love of God.
This doesn’t mean God will take away troubles. The real test of value is how well something holds up under daily wear and tear, and abuse of everyday life. Those who take a stand for Christ in spite of troubles truly have lasting value and will receive great rewards (Matt. 5:11-12). Despite your personal struggles and trials, remember that YOU are highly valuable to God and that is He making you more like Jesus (Romans 8:29).
The very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid! Jesus said, “If anyone acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will openly acknowledge that person before My Father in heaven. But if anyone denies Me here on earth, I will deny that person before My Father in heaven.”
Don’t be afraid to take the next step! We all have seasons in life where we experience
fear of learning something new or taking that next step. We recently added a family
member–a new pet–(Bichon Frise) who I chose to name Christmas Beau. He truly is
a gift but he has much to learn. As believers, we have new steps we must take and
choose to keep growing in our faith in God.
Last night, my husband took Beau to the top of the stairs and gently placed his front
paws on the top step. Interestingly enough, Beau turned around to see what was behind.
Dan gently gave Beau a little push and he made that top step and ran into the bedroom.
Mother took Beau outside for a walk this morning and Beau saw the steps outside
coming in at the back door.
He chose to take all four steps that led him right over the fifth one–the threshold at the
door. Because of that little push when Beau took a look at what was behind, it spurred
him on to take that first step–which in turn gave him hope to take the next five.
In life, we must choose to take that next step no matter if it is the final step in doing what
God has called us to do, or if it is the first step in a new season. Don’t be afraid to take
the next step. You can do it! If Beau can do it as a new puppy, you can surely choose
to take that next step too!