How much are we worth to God?
Luke 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Bible Gateway, NIV)
Years ago when t-shirts with Christian messages first appeared, I wanted to buy one for my oldest stepson. He balked, saying he would wear one when he could live up to the message. I said how about wearing the message and then asking God to give you the grace to live it, at least for the day.
Today’s verse may seem an odd selection for a blog about holiness, but it occurred to me as I read it that sometimes people are hindered from seeking holiness because they don’t understand their worth to God. Not only are Christians sometimes deterred from seeking holiness, but the un-churched will sometimes say, “God could never forgive what I have done,” to explain their unwillingness to turn to God.
When God gave His only son to die for our sins, there was no caveat that precluded certain sins from redemption. When God said, “I am holy, be thou holy likewise,” it was not a suggestion, it was an imperative. And when God says if He does not forget the sparrow He will not forget us, He means it!
God loves us so much, how can we choose the “happiness” the world offers over the joy, the deep down joy that comes from loving and serving God?
PRAYER: Father God, you are a wonderful and awesome God. I scarce can take in the depth of your love for me, and I am overwhelmed by your mercy and your grace. May today we know, really know, how much we are worth to you, and may we completely dedicate ourselves to you and your service. Amen.