Good morning all,
The word of the day is "advert." At this point in Jesus ministry a ton of people do not really like him. In fact, a ton of people would like to see him killed. So in this particular passage Jesus is talking to the disciples and helping them understand what they need to be in store for. You have to imagine that if people were after Jesus and you were associated with him then they would probably want to do the same things to you. And, that is the case in this passage. But Jesus reassures the disciples:
“So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
My question is: what are some of the things in your life that cause you stress? I think that sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own cares and worries that we forget that Jesus pretty much has us exactly where we need to be. My prayer for you this morning is that you understand that the father knows every hair on your head. It's pretty amazing to know that God would care about each one of us individually, and at the same time collectively as the body of Christ. Use today not to live in fear or regret, but to advert, or turn your attention, to the promise of Jesus.
Praying for you,