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Discipleship # 10: God’s Concerns for Us

We tend to get ourselves in trouble when we concern ourselves with things that don’t concern us or when we fail to concern ourselves with things that should concern us.

In Luke 12:22-31 Jesus is reminding His disciples and us  of God’s concern for us and of the response that we should have.  It is our responsibility to stop worrying about ourselves and start  concerning ourselves with God’s glory as we in obedience to Him fulfill His  Great Commission  Let’s settle in our minds and hearts

1. What God’s concern is for us.

2. What our concerns should be for Him. 

Consider God’s Concerns for Us 

1. He cares about our spiritual needs. 

When God saved us He began a work in us which Paul in Philippians 1:6 assures us He is certain to complete.  That involves our sanctification and eventually our glorification.  See my series on SALVATION for more on this. Sanctification is the will of God for each believer. That is plainly declared in I Thessalonians 4:3.  That’s why He saved us; to be like Jesus. 

How does God sanctify us? 

Jesus prayed in John 17:17 “Sanctify them through Thy Truth. Thy Word is Truth.”    Paul writing in II Thessalonians 2:13 takes it a little further. We are sanctified by the Truth and through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.   

Peter in I Peter 5:10 adds that often it takes suffering to help us focus on our need for Christ and  bring us to the place of spiritual maturity.   

For that reason Paul in II Corinthians 12:10 teaches us that  infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions and distresses that appear to weaken us are actually strengthening us spiritually.  Paul summarizes in Ephesians 1:12 God’s purpose in saving us.  “That we should be to the praise of Christ’s glory.” That’s why Jesus invested His life in His disciples as we see it in Luke 12 and throughout the Gospels.  He was working in the hearts of His Disciples to make them Apostles through whom He could launch His Church as they passed on  the doctrine (the teachings)  they had learned personally from Him.  The summation of all Christ’s work in His Apostles and in His saints today is called SANCTIFICATION.   The New American Standard Version sums is up well in Luke 6:40 ” A pupil is not above His teacher, but everyone after he has been fully trained, will be like His teacher.” 

2. God cares about our emotional and material needs.  

God not only cares about our spiritual needs, which includes our sanctification; but He also cares about our daily physical and emotional needs. As a loving husband cares about meeting the physical and emotional needs of his wife and as loving parents care about meeting the needs of their children,  so God cares about meeting  the needs of His family.  Food, clothing, shelter, health and all other needs of His own become His concern.   The Bible is full of hundreds of His promises to us about this.  Listen to just a few of them. 

God’s Promises to you. 

After referring to our physical needs earlier in Matthew 6,  Jesus says in verse 33  “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” 

In Phil. 4:19 Paul, thanking the Philippian Church for their generosity to him writes, “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” 

I paraphrase James 1:5  “If any of  you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally and He will not scold you nor make you feel stupid for asking,  but will give you the wisdom you need.” 

 After Isaiah speaks of God greatness and power in Isaiah 40, he concludes with a promise in verse 29-31 for each of us who will claim it by faith, “He gives power to the faint, and to them who have no might He increases strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they who wait upon the Lord shall renew or exchange their puny strength for His powerful strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”   Wow!  What a promise to claim.  The older I get the more this means to me.  

In Hebrews 4:14-16 is a wonderful promise for every Christian. “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, who has returned to Heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession as Christians.  For we have not a high priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities. He was in all points tempted just like we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto His Throne of Grace , that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Are you troubled and worried about anything today?  Read the entire 37th Psalm and rejoice.  In fact, get acquainted with all the Psalms. 

Don’t Worry! 

That’s what heathen do.  They have to worry.  God is not their Father.  He only becomes our Father as we receive His Son Jesus as our Saviour.  John 1:12   They are still children of Satan.  John 8:44.  Satan could care less about them.  They have no one to care for them. They are strangers from God and hopeless, Ephesians 2:11-12 tells us. Don’t blame them for worrying.  But if you have put your trust in Christ, God is your Father and you have no reason to worry.  Instead, we can focus our attention on the things that ought to concern us as Christians.  We’ll look at those concerns in the next article. 

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September 5, 2006 - Posted by | Discipleship

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