“So don’t be afraid…” (Matthew 10:31)

So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:31

This passage comes after Jesus described how two sparrows are sold for a cheap price (one penny), and yet our Father in heaven cares for each individual sparrow.

The idea here is that if our Creator God cares about a sparrow, which monetarily is worth little, and probably has little impact on the surrounding world, how much more does He care about you, an individual created in His image?

There is a lot of news and media attention right now with the inoperable brain tumors and right to die campaigns. But, what if we understand that every single person on the face of the earth, every single human being whether healthy, deformed, maimed, in pain, with cancer, with no limbs, with limited function, with psychological disorders, with emotional disorders, with mental disorders, is made in the image of God and therefore contains inherent worth and value.

You matterYou have valueYou are loved. Not because of who you are, but because of Whose you are!

Our Heavenly Father desires relationship with us because He created us in His image for a purpose. There is a reason we are where we are, we are who we are, and we are going through what we’re going through. Nothing is without purpose. But a life lived not understanding there is a purpose, not understanding you do matter, will probably lead down a path toward wanting the right to die, or squandering whatever life you do have.

Life lived without purpose seems to me to be a low quality kind of life. Not the kind of life that Jesus promises to those who know and believe in Him. He says, “…I have come that they may  have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10, NIV).

When we understand how much our God loves us, how He desires to have relationship with us, we have no reason to be afraid. We don’t have to be afraid because of His grace and love and truth. We don’t have to be afraid because of His protection and forgiveness and healing. We don’t have to be afraid because of Who He is.

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