Matthew 10:31 – “Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” NKJV
As I looked at this passage a thought came to my mind about our calculated worth to God. If you only look at the comparison to a small bird, I’m not sure that would make anyone feel worth very much. How many are many? If two sparrows are sold for a small amount that would indicate their abundance and low esteemed value to man. However, if we read the paragraph I believe we can see something in the heart of God as to the value of His creation to Him.
Jesus was teaching regarding giving our witness publicly to whomever and wherever we could. He instructed those listening to not consider the public opposition of the vileness of the Pharisees who might seek to silence them with death. He contrasted what man could do to us and what God could do to the disobedient. Then, He inserts His comments on the sparrows and it almost seems out of place, but is it? He says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.” Wow! God is concerned about even the small birds that in that region were so plenteous they were virtual nuisances. Other places identify that God cares for the grass of the field, the flowers that grow by the wayside, the cattle of the hills, and all creation. He emphasizes that saying, “But the very hairs of your head or all numbered.” That is nothing short of amazing! God cares enough about us and is so detailed in His attention to us that He has numbered the hairs of our head and when one falls out He says, “There goes hair number 714.” (I say that jokingly but the point is that He knows EVERY DETAIL of our lives.)
Then, our Lord says in our text verse, “Do not fear…” The message is that God is so concerned and cares for His creation that He knows when the sparrow falls and has numbered the very hairs of our head. THEREFORE, we should not fear because man can only kill our bodies but cannot touch our souls. He emphasizes our value to God and the instruction to be at peace and never let any man determine our destiny or message by saying, “…you are more valuable than many sparrows.”
If I calculated my worth based on the elements that make up my physical body, I would be depressed for if you combined all the elements in the human body it would be worth less than $2,000. But if you were to harvest the various body parts it could be worth millions and I am quite concerned that this market will become a Last Days Market where people are systematically selected to harvest their organs for commerce. Regardless of whether we calculate the worth of our bodies by the chemical components and elements or based on the Black-Market Value of our organs that could never compare to the Value that God has placed on us. He looks at far more than the value of the ‘dust of the earth’ that we are and to which we will return. He looks at our Eternal Souls and the fact that we are Eternal Spirits housed in a physical body.
What is our calculated worth to God? The best way that I can identify our worth to God is the Cross. God placed a valuation on each of us as being worth the death of His Son Jesus Christ. He values us enough that, “He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). Jesus values us enough that He was willing to leave His former estate in Glory, come to earth born of a woman, live among us as man and for man, suffer the shame and reproach of the Cross and be killed so that we could be FORGIVEN and LIVE ETERNALLY! That is our Calculated Worth to God and I challenge you to stop discounting your worth and to never again say, “I am a nobody. I am worthless. I am of no value.” That is an insult to God and when you read that you are worth more than many sparrows do not view that as God deeming you unimportant and of little value but that He considers you so valued that He has numbered the hairs of your head. My fellow believer, you are worth the Blood of Jesus to God and that makes you priceless.
God, bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!