“What is the price of five sparrows – two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”
What determines your value? Is it monetary wealth? Material possessions? Man’s affirmation? Or is it your career status?
If you look at a 5 or 10 pound note you will see that it is just a piece of paper. Yet what determines its monetary value? One of the reasons is the Queen’s stamp on the note. This says that the Bank of England promises to pay the value of the figure stated on the note. The Queen’s stamp is almost like an affirmation of this promise. Yet without it, it’s just a piece of paper. What is written on it, gives it its value.
Jesus, in today’s passage encourages His disciples that God values us so dearly. It is interesting to note, that Jesus had the authority to say these things as complete truth, because He was God. If so, then we should take great encouragement also, knowing that what Jesus is saying is true for us today. We are valued more than the sparrows that fly about who neither labour nor toil for their food, yet are provided for by the hand of God (Matthew 6:26). Jesus takes this picture a step further and exclaims that even though the sparrows are used for trading purposes, he still values each one and DOESN’T FORGET EVEN ONE OF THEM!! If God remembers a sparrow, how much does he know us?
Jesus finishes this passage with an astounding fact. God even knows the hairs on our head. It may seem an irrelevant piece of information, however it is so important in knowing Gods character. God knows us so deeply and intimately. Even more than we know ourselves. If He knows how many hairs are on our head, then surely He knows your worries, struggles and hardships. The greatest thing of all is that He has stamped His promise on you and that is what gives us value!