Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church
Friday, December 15, 2017

And the People Said ...

 
A Moment of Reflection
 

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matt. 6:33-34

The long and short of this verse is contained in the first four words of verse 34 where Jesus says "Therefore do not worry". It’s pretty easy to sit here and type that but it hasn’t’ always been easy to do it. However, as we read the preceding verses, we see why we shouldn’t worry. God is going to take care of us. He takes care of birds. He takes care of flowers. It is therefore certainly reasonable for us to trust that He is going to take care of us. Because of that, we don’t have to make acquiring the necessities of life (food, water, clothing) our priority.
Because of this knowledge, we are free to not have to worry about how we’re going to take care of ourselves and we can make serving God and living for His glory our main priority.
We as Christians need to seek to know Christ better every day. As we put Him, His will, and His work first in our daily life, we will begin to fully experience God's love and care, for He has promised to provide all of our daily needs.

Praying with and for all of you, in the name of Jesus
 
John Robine
 

He Loves Me!
 
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10
 
In the 1970s the daughter on a popular sitcom confessed to her mother that she questioned the existence of God. Her mom marched her over to the window overlooking Minneapolis and asked her what she saw. The daughter answered, “Do you mean the stars and the sky and the beauty of nature? That doesn’t prove God exists.”
 
The mother answered, “No! Not that! All those churches. Why would someone who doesn’t exist need so many houses?”
 
Did you ever question God’s love? Do you realize how many hymns there are about God’s love? “Jesus Loves Me”, “Jesus Loves the Little Children”, “Just As I Am”, “God of Love and God of Power” … well, this could take forever. How about Bible verses about God’s love? God must certainly love me or there wouldn’t be so many pages in the Bible and hymnal devoted to it.
 
Unfortunately, I have a lifelong pattern of beating myself up over what I have or have not done; telling myself over and over again how stupid and worthless and unlovable I am. I wonder what God sees in me that I have failed to see, for I know without a doubt that He loves me.
 
I beg Him to show me what He sees that I do not see that makes Him think I am worthy of His love. He answers, “I love you.” Yes, I know. But please show me what You see in me that makes me worthy of that love. He answers again, “I love you.” Okay. But why? Again, “I love you.” The answer is the same yesterday, today and every day. “I love you.” Can you believe it takes more than two weeks for His answer to sink in!
 
“I love you.” He doesn’t see anything at all in me. He simply loves me, completely, absolutely and unfailingly. The way I love airplanes, historical romances and dark chocolate. There is no reason for loving these things; I just do.
 
He loves me! The answer: It is His absolute and infinite love for me that makes me worth loving.

It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. John 13:1
 
PS: I love Him too!
Sandy Fienhold