September 29, 2019: SOAP #3587:   Zechariah 4-6; Luke 12           Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 12:27 Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is […]

September 29, 2019: SOAP #3587:   Zechariah 4-6; Luke 12          

Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 12:27 Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!

Observation:   Thepurpose of comparison is usually to determine which is better–which one is thebest for certain environments.  Here wehave a plant compared to a man.  We havea flower compared to a king.  We have abeautiful lily compared to the Great King Solomon. …and the lily wins!  

It is good to note both the Judge and thecriteria in the comparison above.  TheJudge is God.  The criteria is fulfillingthe created purpose.  In God's eyes thelily is exactly what the Creator intended.  The lily does not try to be more than itis.  It fulfills its purposecompletely.  It all his wisdom andwealth, Solomon could not come close to perfectly fulfilling the plan of Godfor him.

Application:   Goddoes not compare me to others.  He has aplan for my life, and it is fulfilling His plan that I gain His commendation.  He created me to be a vessel through which Hecould flow.  He gave me enough wisdom toknow that my wisdom is not sufficient; I need His wisdom to be expressedthrough me. 

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, help me keep sin out of my life,even little ones that I think do not matter. Help me keep out anything that would hinder others from seeing Jesus inme.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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