Luke 12:4-7 – “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. 5 “But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him! 6 “Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 ” Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” NASU
I have had times when I felt so valueless that I could not fathom God or anyone viewing me as worth anything. I was about as low as any man could go and I shudder to think of where that might have lead were it not for divine encounters and wonderful friends who helped me change my outlook. I have often used this passage to convey to others and encourage myself regarding God’s view of man and our worth to Him. It is not the best necessarily but one that conveys a comparison to which we can relate.
Imagine keeping up with the number of hairs on our heads and the constant change in that number. Consider the small birds and how insignificant they seem. Consider the lilies of the field and all of God’s creation and then remember that it was not for them that Jesus came to die, but for us, mankind. We are the creations of God that were made in His image and likeness. We are the creations that God designed for fellowship with our Creator as is revealed in the Garden of Eden. We are heirs of God and joint heirs with our Lord Jesus Christ. That is amazing!
I have, in times past, related some of my childhood experiences to illustrate this truth and it has been of great benefit and encouragement to me. I was very sickly as a child and my parents were in the doctor’s office virtually every week trying to get me help. The doctor could not determine exactly what the problem was but gave my parents little hope that I would ever reach my teens much less live into my twilight years. My parents were troubled and heartbroken at the prospect of losing their middle child and second son.
Let me digress a bit and say, that I never remember hearing my earthly father tell me that he loved me until I was an adult and in the ministry. That was not how he was raised. Men did not express or display their emotions, except possible anger. Yet, I never questioned that he loved me. I longed to hear the words but knew from events in life that I was loved.
Back to my childhood illnesses. One summer my mother took my siblings and me to East Texas to care for her parents and over that two-week period, I got better. That caused my father to go to the doctor and ask, “If Roy was in East Texas not Pasadena, Texas would he get better?” The doctor obviously could not answer that definitively but said, “He might.” My father immediately had my mother take me and my sister and spend a month in East Texas and I got significantly better. My father quit his job with the Good Year Rubber Plant in Pasadena, Texas, the best job he had or would ever have and moved the family to East Texas. Within a few months, I got completely well. The atmosphere was killing me and the love of my father for his child saved my life.
Remember the words of Jesus in Luke 11:13 and Matthew 7:11 that if we, being evil, know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more will our heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit and what is good to those that ask Him. Consider the incredibleness of what God did as revealed in John 3:16. The incredible and boundless love of God and the placement of value on man revealed in His act of allowing His only begotten Son to die for man is nothing short of amazing. The Love of Jesus demonstrated in His willingness to endure the Cross and purchase our salvation is nothing short of amazing. No, I cannot question or doubt the love God has for me and in that love, I realize that He deemed me worth the Blood of Jesus. I did not say worthy but worth! That’s how much we mean to Him!
Never, and I mean never doubt God’s Love! The next time the devil tries to beat you up or someone tries to tear you down and make you feel worthless remember what God has said and done and run to the Cross and receive His mercy and renewal. Rise up and resist the devil and bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and rejoice in His Love!
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!