“...Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.Luke 12:7

I was just in the second grade when Jesse Jackson came to my elementary school and told us in a speech, “I am somebody”!  I will never get that day!  In teaching us how to live, Jesus used sparrows to illustrate the same point, WE ARE SOMEBODY! A worthless sparrow. “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God...Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (vv. 6-7 NKJV).

In the days of Jesus they didn't sell Big Macs, they sold sparrows on a stick that had been plucked and roasted over a fire. You could buy two of them for one copper coin. But you could get five for two copper coins; the vendor threw in the fifth one free. That meant it was worthless. What point was Jesus trying to make? You are valuable in God's eyes! Do you feel like if you weren't around nobody would miss you or that your life is not worth much? You'd be surprised how many people, even high-profile ones, struggle with a sense of inferiority and inadequacy. When God called Jeremiah to be a prophet, he explained to God that he was afraid of people. So God said, “Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you” (Jeremiah 1:8 NKJV). Sometimes, when you feel worthless you begin to think that others feel the same way too, so you begin to approach them fearfully, or aggressively, or even resentfully.

I want to encourage someone today to remembering your worth in God's eyes! There is no rejection in His love, only complete acceptance. The Lord is like the friend who knows all about you and still loves you. You have a friend in high places. Jesus said, '...I have called you friends...' (John 15:15). Will everybody accept you? Absolutely not, but when you base your worth on God's love and acceptance, you're free to enjoy life and all that God has in store for you!

Rev. Dr. Major Stewart, Pastor

Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church

Sunday, September 23, 2018