Today we read all about how Jesus counts. Jesus has raised a number of questions to show how life is being measured in heaven and that is where it counts in the final analysis.
We read the following verses with a brief note before each section to see why Jesus is asking these questions. The Bible verses are quoted in parts. I have added boldness to some of them as well. Please read the three full chapters on your own.
Notes: in the following verses Jesus speaks of the difference between man’s standard of measurement and that of God. God measures life. In God’s bank in the Kingdom of God, the value of a life outweighs all physical possessions. One essential “currency” in the Kingdom of God is “FAITH”. Having faith means addition. Having no faith means subtraction.
6 “What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins[b]? Yet God does not forget a single one of them.
14 Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” 15 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”
25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
Notes: in the following verses Jesus makes it clear that everybody can count. The way to do it right is to use our thinking correctly. The motive behind each thought matters. Right thought that aligns with the word of God enables one to make the right decision. Right thinking supernaturally multiplies the blessings in the Kingdom of God.
45 But what if the servant thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’
51 Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth?
57 “Why can’t you decide for yourselves what is right?
2 “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?” Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered? 3 Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God.
15 But the Lord replied, “You hypocrites! Each of you works on the Sabbath day! Don’t you untie your ox or your donkey from its stall on the Sabbath and lead it out for water? 16 This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”
18 Then Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? 19 It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches.”
20 He also asked, “What else is the Kingdom of God like? 21 It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”
Notes: in the following verses, Jesus teaches further on correct accounting in the Kingdom of God. He again warns the wrong motive behind the wrong thinking that hinder one from receiving from God the blessings that God gives through Jesus. Note all the accounting terms that Jesus uses: work, calculating, cost, numbers, lose. He also uses the term “what if” which is a common variable planners and strategists use to project a future outcome between alternatives and options.
3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in religious law, “Is it permitted in the law to heal people on the Sabbath day, or not?” 5 Then he turned to them and said, “Which of you doesn’t work on the Sabbath? If your son[j] or your cow falls into a pit, don’t you rush to get him out?”
8 “When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited?
28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?
31 “Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him?
34 “Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again?