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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Our Value...

"Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So do not fear, you are more valuable than sparrows." -- Matthew 10:29-31.  Jesus, still speaking about discipleship but to not fear those who can kill the body but to fear the One who can kill both body and soul.  His point is that God is going to look out for His children even in the face of persecution.  Here we see our value to God.

Our value.  One of the biggest desires every human being has is to feel valued and wanted.  One among many tragic things to hear about in an extreme case is a suicide of someone who had been the victim of something like bullying or because for some reason the person did not feel valued or wanted by society.  I bring this out to illustrate the point that we all have an innate desire to feel valued and wanted and if that desire is not met to some extent, tragedies can happen.  But what does this have to do with what is happening here in Matthew and our value to God?

Our value.  What we have to realize is that we are immensely more valuable to God than we ever will be to anyone else.  God is the one and only person that knows us better than we know ourselves.  This is a comforting thought because since we know that our God cares about us so much we can rest assured that He will take care of us even when our walk with Him gets difficult.

Our value.  We must remember how valuable we are to God because we know from the Scriptures that being a disciple of Christ is not easy and it will come with its share of difficulties.  There may even be times when we are tempted to give up.

My encouragement to you this morning is simple.  Being a disciple of Christ is not always going to be easy and we will be faced with situations where we might be tempted to give up or give in due to peer pressure, difficulty or some other negative circumstance.  But we must remember that God will never allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear.  Why?  Among other reasons it is because of how valuable we are in His eyes and how much He desires to protect those who choose to follow Him.  So if you are feeling discouraged for one reason or another, remember that even when no one else seems to care, God always cares and desires to protect and deliver those who choose to follow Him and do His will.  This morning's message is simple but I pray you find it encouraging. Remember to encourage others with how valuable they are to God.


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