“Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!”
How do we value ourselves? Maybe in the midst of the consumer rush that is Christmas we are tempted to value ourselves in terms of what others may buy for us? Certainly DeBeers and L’Oreal would want us to feel our worth by how much we sparkle and shine this Christmas. And yet deep down we all know that there is something deeply unsatisfying about this kind of worth and value.
Jesus reminds us that our worth to God has nothing to do with what we have or even what work we do. The birds he mentions have nothing to offer except being uniquely themselves and reliant on their heavenly father. That’s not the kind of thing we value these days, but maybe its what we are all secretly longing for.
Jesus’ words about birds don’t just relate to our value but also the value God places on creation. In this small picture of nature at work we see the balance of the food chain and how God has provided. But we also see that God values us even more than his creation.
In the midst of a world in a rush to consume and create value around ourselves, perhaps we should take a minute to acknowledge that priceless value that God has placed in us. And as we value others and the world God has made, maybe we can catch something of the way he values us.
Pray for those who work in caring for the environment.
Feed the birds!