For many years, I’ve been believing the lie that I was invaluable. What a commonly used theme in the lies the enemy tells us. The enemy doesn’t mind if you know your calling, he just cares about keeping you from it. He tries to keep chains on you long after Jesus breaks them. He tries to keep you in a place of fear, a place of thinking you aren’t ready, you aren’t enough, and you aren’t valuable.
I still struggle with believing these lies. I have to remind myself constantly that The Bible tells a different story. The same Hands that shaped the planets formed you, dear reader. You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
Jesus placed an immeasurable value on our lives by dying in our place. And He explained our value so many times: “Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:7). In Matthew 6:26 He says, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (ESV).
Jesus frequently compared our value to sparrows. In doing some research, I found that in the first century, during Jesus’ time, sparrows were used for food and they were the cheapest bird money could buy, costing just a farthing for two. The Bible tells us they were cheaper to buy in bulk, costing just two farthings for five sparrows (Luke 12:6). The farthing was probably the most comparable to a penny in today’s terms. It was a small copper coin that was basically worthless. And Jesus tells us in Matthew how our Father feeds the birds and knows what they need. He cares for them - those “worthless” sparrows. And dear reader, we are worth so much more than that. God counts the hairs on our heads. He is always near. He is always providing, listening, interceding on our behalf, and taking care of us. The world does not decide your value. The enemy does not decide your value. You do not decide your value. God Almighty decides your value, and you are worth so much more. His eye is on the sparrow, so we know He watches us.