From Jesus to my students
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 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? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Teens and adults need to spend some time meditating on these Scriptures, taken from Matthew 6:25-34, and consider what real importance is in this life. These statements and rhetorical questions were spoken by Jesus while He delivered The Sermon on the Mount to the Jews.
Interestingly, the Jews who taught about God and served God, were stuck in a philosophy of being important in the eyes of others. A lot like we Western Christians are today. They focused so much on material things that it is possible they actually were miserable and did not realize how important to God they were and are.
So to my students that I sub for, I want you to know that you all are very important to me. What is more, you are extremely important to God. Jesus said that we are worth more than the birds of the air. It is a timeless truth. God is going to give you what you need.
When you use the things, or friends, and popularity, to measure your happiness with who you are we all lose. Whatever situation that you find yourself in, you need to know that you matter greatly to God. You will never find your happiness in dating someone. You will not find your happiness in owning cool things. Unless you have ’69 Camaro SS. Just kidding. You will never find happiness in being like someone else.
You must never define your self-worth considering whether or not you have friends that you think would be good for you. You must never find your happiness in doing things sexually for someone because you think you are really making them and yourself happy. It won’t work.
What happens is that you might think you will find happiness in being wanted by others; or think that you are important in the sight of others. Yet, it won’t work. We must find our delight and peace in the words that Jesus spoke to the Jews, 26 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?
We must find our joy in the fact, that Jesus gave Himself on the Cross so that not only would we be able to escape hell, but that we could live a truly happy life knowing that we have a God who is in Heaven that smiles on us because we make Him happy and are worth everything to Him. He hurts when we hurt too.
These are some things that I wish that I could have understood when I was a teenager. I want you all to know things like this about God because I care about you, but God cares even more.