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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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07/01/2014

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Double Values


"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?" (Matt.6:26).

My mom was one of those amazing coupon shoppers. She especially liked the buy one, get one free offers. She would somehow dovetail that offer with another coupon and pay a ridiculously low price for her efforts. It always made me think what the stuff was really worth if you could purchase it so cheaply... Today's verse gives us a bit of insight into our worth. All of us ought to believe that we a worth something and God lets us know that we are... "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them" (Gen.1:27). Go figure that Jesus takes that worthiness of man to the next level in letting us know that we are worth more than all the other creatures on the earth. On a spiritual level, we are equal bearers of the divine image, and as humans have a special worth. As spiritual beings, we have at least two very basic needs. They are all about security and significance... Security embraces the part that says we need to have a confidence that we are loved and appreciated. On the level of significance, we have to have the assurance that we actually matter and that what we are and what we do counts for something... "But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom.5:8). A great price was paid for us. Now that's security! "Therefore, dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of your Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain" (1 Cor.15:58). What we do really counts. Now that's significance! The wonder of God's love means that He will never quit loving us and will be waiting for us for as long as life lasts.. That's a double coupon that we just can't turn down...

Have a great day... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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