Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Matthew 6:26
The story is told of a young man who received an old ring from his teacher with instructions to take the ring to the market and attempt to sell it for one gold coin. The people in the market laughed in his face. No one was willing to pay a gold coin for that tattered old thing. Some were willing to give him a less valuable payment for the ring, but a gold coin? No way!
A little dejected, the young man returned to his teacher. The wise old man however was not perturbed. He told his young charge to take the ring to the jeweler and ask how much he would be willing to pay for the it. After close examination, the jeweler said he would pay five gold coins for the ring, however, if the young man was able to wait, he would be willing to pay much more.
This was the same ring no one was willing to pay one gold coin for. The difference was, the experienced eyes of the jeweler was able to see beyond the tattered, bruised exterior of the ring.
You are like that gold ring and Jesus the jeweler. He is able to see your true value over and above the scars, the brokenness, the disappointments. Before you were born He saw you, and He loved you. Your social status, your education, your breeding, none of these things matter. They cannot influence God’s love for you. In God’s eyes you are valuable, and He was willing to pay the price for your life even though it cost Him His. He gladly died for you because He loves you.
There is nothing you can do to earn God’s love. You may try to earn some people’s love, but not God’s. He freely gives you His love, and everything you need for life and godliness. He loves and cares for you even though you are not righteous enough, even though you are not good enough, even though you are not faithful enough. His love for you is unconditional. Your worth to God is not based on your abilities.
The scripture today invites us to look at the wild birds. Taking this scripture at face value, by human standards, the birds are bums (vagrant). Yet God provides for them, because they are valuable to Him. You, however, are more valuable, and worth much more to Him than the birds do. If He is willing to take care of them, how much more will He take care of you, making it possible for you to live fulfilled lives.
There will be days when it feels like God is far away and that He has forgotten us. We may even feel like the young man in the story above, dejected. However don’t believe that lie. God never forgets us, He will never abandon us. Isaiah 49:15 tells us:
Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
Each time He looks at us God sees His mark upon us. He sees the blood of the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world. He sees our worth.
The finished work of Calvary stands as a staunch reminder of how valuable you are to God. Never forget that. It also stands as evidence of your worth in the eyes of a loving God.
Prayer: Father help us to see ourselves through your eyes and not as the rest of the world sees us, or the way we sometimes see ourselves. Help us whenever we feel discouraged or afraid to remember what Jesus did for us at Calvary