Matthew 6:26: Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Nowadays, among many who confess Christ as their Lord and Savior, it is quite popular to highlight the negative aspects of what we were in our unsaved condition before God called us into the light of the kingdom of His marvelous Son; yet this passage, along with that of Matthew 10:29-30 and Luke 12:7, 32 gives us a look at ourselves from the Father’s vantage point that we seldom seem to hear, nowadays.
While it is right and proper to remember from whence we came – to remember that which we were saved from (Ephesians 2:1-3), it is equally proper to see ourselves as we are in that adoption into our God’s kingdom and family through our elder Brother, Jesus Christ, our Lord, God and Savior (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:4-6).
I am not speaking of the self-seeking, self-affirming messages, with the thinking they engender, which is so prevalent within much of what is called modern evangelicalism; no, I am simply sharing that view which our heavenly Father has given to us of Himself in His Son which the quoted and cited gospel passages above show.
Particular to these passages is the knowledge of God regarding those who are His. He values us, not because of any intrinsic worth, but because He has assigned us a place in His family, not based upon what we may or may not think of ourselves outside of Scripture, but according to that “mind of Christ” that searches “the deep things of God,” which is to say, according to the knowledge of our God and Father.
The Puritans spoke much of adoption (contrary to what some have charged of their writings – see Joel R. Beeke’s book, Heirs with Christ: The Puritans on Adoption), and it seems that this is what is in our heavenly Father’s mind, as highlighted plainly by our Savior and Lord, in these addresses to His disciples.
There are so many programs, nowadays, within what is called the church, that seek to build up self-esteem in exactly the wrong way, that it should be a breath of fresh air to meditate upon what it means that our omniscient, omnipotent, infinite, eternal, uncreated and perfect God and Father, through His Son, states here: it is His “good pleasure to give (us) the kingdom,” and as we are told this, we cannot help but notice that appellation our Lord uses (little children), which shows our Father in heaven’s affection towards us (see Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21; John 13:13). He has been pleased to do this, while hiding this knowledge from those who are “wise in their own eyes.”
This is a simple reflection, in a simple post, to remind us of the great love that led to our being saved (Ephesians 2:4-5).
SDG – Bill