26“But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. 27What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear! 28“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
Honey, We Joined a Zoo!
This week in our devotions we’ve discussed pigs and sheep and doves and snakes and wolves and sparrows and dogs. Read literally, you might wonder if you’ve joined a zoo. Nope, we’re just a church.
Jesus does refer a lot to nature in making points about God. In this case it’s sparrows. The King James Version translates this as two sparrows sold for a penny. You can do the math, it makes a sparrow basically valueless.
Yet God cares about that sparrow. Now, as we know, we are worth infinitely more than one sparrow. God deeply cares about you. He loves you. You don’t need to fear.
Specifically, you don’t need to fear persecution, slander or hardship in the name of Jesus. Our bodies can be broken, even destroyed, but our soul alone is in the hands of God. Let that be a comfort to you.
Yesterday, Pastor Chris shared from Matthew 10:16. Jesus is sending us out into the world – like sheep among wolves. We are to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Pastor Chris’ big point was go.
Don’t let fear hold you back. Go because God cares for you, but just as important, God cares for the world.
I know it’s scary. Kind of like buying a zoo. When we go, it puts us out of our league. But God cares. Wow, think about that, God cares. He cares about you – down to the number of hairs on your head.
God loves you, so go.