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Letter Twenty Eight

Imagine you were one of the women followers of Jesus during his three-year ministry on earth. What would it be like as you heard his teachings, walked by his side, and watched his ministry?

Dear sister,

Though Jesus is helping us understand the Father’s desire for us to have a pure heart, I am also coming to realize that no matter how hard I try, I will never be perfect. Thus, I am utterly dependent on God’s mercy to obtain eternal life. I am sure that Jesus did not come to tell us that due to our imperfection and sinfulness, we are all damned to eternal separation from God. In fact, Jesus said that though the “gate is narrow,” there is a narrow road that leads to eternal life. And though we are not perfect, I trust that as we continue to learn from our Master, He will show us the way to eternal life. What I have already learned from Jesus is that He tells us that if we seek, ask, and knock on the door, God will open the door to us.

Our Lord has told us to store up treasures in heaven. He warns us against living our lives to gain the treasures on this world. These things can all be stolen or destroyed. In fact, He says that we cannot serve God and money. But when we invest in things that are of eternal value, these things will last forever. In fact, Jesus went on to say that “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Sister, this makes me contemplate how I spend my time, my talents, and my money. Is my concern to bring glory to God and serve others with these resources, or is it for my own gain?

My dear sister, I know you are prone to worry. Jesus has just given us such comforting promises. He assured us that our heavenly Father knows all our needs. He tells us not to worry about the clothes we will wear or the food we will eat. Just as He provides for the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, how much more will He provide for us. For we are much more valuable than they. As we pray for these needs, we can rest in knowing that He is our gracious Father who gives good gifts to all who ask Him. However, we are told that we are to seek first His Kingdom and then all these things will be given to us. In other words, God is not here for us, but rather we are here for Him. As we live to serve and worship Him, He will abundantly supply our needs.

Please think on these final words: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Sister, may we “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.”

His Kingdom and glory,

your Big Sister

Today’s Bible Reading: Matthew 6:19-7:29

Today’s Application:

Write down anything that you are worried about. Read Matthew 6:25-34. Surrender all these things to God and thank Him that He knows all your needs. Ask His Spirit to come upon you and fill you with His peace. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to pray about everything and GIVE THANKSGIVING. It is not only important to pray and make our requests known to Him, but we must also give Him thanks for all that is going on in our lives. This can be difficult. Ask Him to give you faith to believe that “all things work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28) and courage to give thanks even in the midst of your troubled heart. Surrender all that you treasure and ask God how He wants you to invest your time, talents, and money.

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