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“Fear not, therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.” – Matthew 10:31
Unless we have beheld the beauty of God and seen His glory displayed through the matchless worth of Jesus Christ, we will not be amazed, undone or comforted by the fact that He VALUES us! Colossians 1:15-23 is a powerful passage that unveils the preeminence of Christ:
He is the image of the invisible God!
He is the firstborn over all creation!
He created all things!
He holds all things together!
He is before all things!
He is the head of the body!
He is the beginning!
He is the firstborn from the dead!
In Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell!
He reconciled all things to Himself!
He made peace by His blood shed on the cross!
What a precious Savior we have! If we only read Scripture for ourselves, and not to see God’s revelation of Himself, then we have totally missed the point and the truths of His Word will not have lasting impact on our lives.
Meditate on His worth and beauty today and be undone by the way He loves you! The One with matchless value, Whose value cannot be measured, values you. He values the eternal lives represented in the sea of faces that surround us daily. Because He is unchanging, the value He puts on us is unchanging. Meditate on His worth today, and be undone by the way He values you!

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The Great Pretender

We don’t like it when people fake it. Can you imagine what God thinks of faith that’s faked? He’s not fooled by someone who sits in church, going through the motions, raising hands (or not), singing at the top of their lungs (or not). Remember, He knows the heart (1 Sam. 16:7).
Jesus had a warning for any great pretender: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers’” (Matt 7:21-23).
Clearly, a rote, auto-pilot faith won’t cut it. We can’t honor Him with our lips but have hearts far from him (Isa. 29:13). “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast (Eph. 2:8-9). The reality is that God saves us and then sanctifies us into the image of His Son.

Where are we faking it today? Let’s get rid of any pretending and ask God for the real thing.

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