Questions Jesus Asked # 4

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? NIV

This question is a continuation of the previous discussion. The premise is: if God takes care of the birds of the air, won’t he take care of you, a human who has more value?

This is an interesting discussion because there are individuals who believe that animals have just as much value as humans.  In fact there are people who would not think twice about aborting a human baby and are extremely involved as animal rights activists. I’m not saying that we should be cruel to animals or that God doesn’t care about them; but they are not made in the image of God.  The Bible doesn’t indicate that the have souls as humans do.

However, if our loving heavenly Father takes care of them, won’t he certainly provide for humans? Does that mean we won’t have to work?  I don’t believe so; because we live in a fallen world.  Does that mean we won’t have suffering, drought, or disease?  It doesn’t seem to indicate that; but it does give opportunity for the Body of Christ to help and provide for people in those situations.  That means that we in the Body of Christ have to be sensitive to the Spirit’s direction and willing to join Jesus in His mission in this world.

This question also introduces the idea of human value, self-worth.  Do we as individuals attribute as much worth to ourselves and others as God does?  What difference would that make in how we view ourselves and treat others?

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