Feelings can be very misleading. The sense of worthlessness can lead to some serious consequences–loss of productivity, mental health and even one’s life either through sickness or suicide.
Satan loves to lead some along that line. However, the Word of God is very clear that God sees value in us as I described in the article, What is Our Value to God? There, I mentioned a number of Holy Scriptures that showed our value to God. Adding to those, let us consider Matthew 10:28-33 where we will see three facets of our personal value to God.
Though we are spirit, we possess a body and live in a material world. When you think of it, we spend a great deal of time to maintain our body making sure we have food, shelter, warmth, clothing and whatever else is needed for physical existence. So, it is easy to lose focus on what really matters.
In Matthew 6:25-32 Jesus ably helps His hearers to place their focus in the proper place by getting their minds off of the material and encouraging them to focus upon the non-material.
A poor economy, loss of work, domestic trouble and the like can bring fear to anyone. But in Matthew 10:28, Jesus again places the focus upon the eternal: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Physical life as we have it is very brief. By the Holy Spirit, James (4:14) writes, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
Time is one thing, eternity another. However, what we do in linear time has a bearing upon our eternal end. When faced with the pressures of life we should humbly go before our Creator and respectfully ask Him, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” The first step will most likely be to trust Him to guide you. This, of course, takes listening to Him. Faithfully follow what He says.
You might not feel loved but if you do take time to respectfully have a chat with God I am sure you will eventually feel His love.
Matthew 10: 29–”Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.” Often when I see a dead animal, a cracked robin’s egg, even a tree injured by a storm, I have to think of this verse. Our Creator is aware of, and apparently concerned with in a good sense, His creation.
If you want more assurance of this, grab your Holy Bible, steal away where you can meditate on what you are about to read, and read Psalm 139. If God knows when a bird dies, He certainly knows, and definitely cares, about what we experience, whether it be good or bad or just everyday occurrences.
And please note that Jesus says “your Father.” Even if you are not born-again, your Creator is still the heavenly Father of all mankind.
An even more potent point, at least to me, is verse 30: “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” This makes me feel that God knows about every part of my body. And, not just my body, but if my hairs are numbered, my thoughts are known too, including my fears.
Our mind, body and spirit are all connected of course. There are times, particularly when we are under stress, that nutrients are depleted from our bodies. You might want to consider increasing your consumption of the B-complex vitamins, especially B12.
“Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”–verse 31. Here we specifically see that the word “value” is used in connection with us. As you see, despite what we feel or what others might say about us, to God we have great value.
This value has a root in the fact that Christ lived, died, rose and lives for all–the ultimate act of love from God for each of us. However, we need to by faith embrace this finished work.
In so doing, through the help of God we can use the full potential of our value to serve Him.
Verses 32 and 33 state, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”
This has a foundational tone with verse 28 because it, too, speaks of the eternal. Therefore, our value before God is something we ourselves should value and guard. We are to guard it to the extent that we fully commit to Christ and, through the Holy Spirit, nurture that new life within us if we are truly born-again.
In essence, if you are not born-again and refuse to commit to Christ, then you are denying Christ. You might not do that vocally, but unless you commit to an inward change by God, then it is denial.
Instead we should by faith embrace all that God is. He values us, and we need to value Him and our own lives, for we will eventually face eternity.
Take time now to worship your loving Creator and you will soon sense your value to Him.