So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
-- Matthew 10:31 --
Sparrows are one of the most commonest of birds in the world. There are a number of different sparrow species too. The one in Matthew 10:31 that Jesus was referring to is most likely the Dead Sea Sparrow and they are common in various continents in the world too.
Before I start to bore you with the various aspects of the sparrow and since I am not a sparrow expert myself, let us just consider in context what Jesus said about sparrows - two verses before Matthew 10:31.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?
Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. (Matthew 10:29) From this verse, you would gather that sparrows are not considered an expensive item and are not exotic pets either. Everyone could probably afford to own one. Yet, Jesus is trying to derive an important principle here. Sparrows, though they lack in monetary worth and their lives seeming unimportant, is still important to God.
God provides for birds so that none of them would literally starve to death and fall to the ground. Birds neither have to worry nor toil. In the simplicity of their tiny brains, they know that they do not need to worry about life. Their lives are in the hands of God!
Now back to Matthew 10:31.
Jesus is saying that we are worth less than a sparrow. No, that is not what He said although we are, at times, tempted to think in that way. Jesus said, we are worth more than many sparrows. Many, many, many sparrows. In fact, you are beyond worth… so much so, that the Son of God is willing to die for your sins.
Can you see how precious you are to God? If so, why are we concerned with so many things in the world? Why are we concerned with the things that are beyond our control and yet they are within God’s control? Why do we consider ourselves less than sparrows?
So, have faith this day that God loves you and cares for you more than you can ever imagine. With this confidence, there is nothing in life that you need to be afraid of. So, don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
So, do not worry anymore. Pray, supplication and give thank to Him always.
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