Do not be afraid; you are far more valuable than many sparrows.” – Luke 12:7
Sometimes, deep down inside my insides, there is this dreadful pang of insignificance. Ever been there? I hate being insignificant, like a dried-up, shrunken grape, just hangin’ there with bunches of lush fruit shining round me.
I hang here, surrounded by a never-ending awesome universe full of grandeur and greatness. The earth… so wonderfully outfitted with beauty, so inspiring and grand. The seemingly perfect famous and rich, gloat and glitter with gold and pomp.
And then there’s me. Here I am. But let’s not go there! Looking at others can be debilitating!
Feeling insignificant. That’s when I pray.
There is a reason I don’t shrink into a dark waste hole of waaah (where they “call whine-one-one”, and ask for a “wahmbulance”). What could become despair, is slowly drawn to hope, as I focus on:
No matter who you are
No human need stay in the funk of insignificance. No matter who you are, how ordinary, how far you’ve fallen, how vile to Jesus, how lost, how deep your sorrows — as a human each of us can be blessed beyond measure by Jesus the Messiah. Jesus wants us. Jesus gives eternal significance.
- Loved me “before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4; Jeremiah 1:5).
- Made me on day six (Genesis 1: verses 26-31).
- Died on a cruel cross for my sins. (*We think He died on Friday, April 3, AD 33).
- Saved me by His grace.
- Has a purpose and a hope for ME now (Jeremiah 29:11).
- Is returning – coming soon to take me to His Home Heaven.
This tiny piece of creation, me
I am of such value to God my Creator, that Jesus volunteered to die on a cross for me, in the place I should have been placed (John 3:13-18). Have you thought that one through?! I cannot be of more value — than THAT!
Humans are the most important, most valued by God – in all His creation! He died to save each one of us from His Justice. There is a place where the damned of earth will go. But Jesus died to bring you to His Home called Heaven.
Even though God is beyond-HUGE, He went out of the way to communicate His great love for this tiny piece of creation, me. It’s all in the Bible.
When we accept Christ, the whole universe becomes our family domain! We become a child of Creator God. In an instant, in that very moment when we confess to God and repent of our sinfulness, and acknowledge Jesus as Lord of our life, Creator God Himself cancels His decree of condemnation against us in His Court — and we are born again, made a brand new creature inside.
– Source: The Holy Spirit in You?
Jesus gives eternal significance
Our new life, spirit and soul
We begin eternal life in that moment when the Holy Spirit of God takes up residence inside the insides of our body. The Holy Spirit, in us, is part of the “three in one” mysterious Triune God. He seals God’s new covenant promising us eternal life in Christ.
– Source: The Holy Spirit in You?
God in me — gives me super strength to keep walking His way – instead of my way.
– Ephesians 3:20
20 …Him who is able
to [carry out His purpose and]
do superabundantly more than
all that we dare ask or think
our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams],
according to His power
that is at work within us…
In Christ I am enough. I’ve got it all, nothing needed, nothing missing. I am ready, steady and able because God Himself made me more than human, after all.
I have everything needed, in me, to live a godly life — because of the power of God in me… since that moment in time that God Himself made me a brand new creature inside. Same outside, new inside, for now, in my inner soul, the Holy Spirit resides in me in power. That is what happens to those who truly accept Jesus as their Savior.
– Source: I am enough
If you are without Christ – then Fear This. Fear the wrath of a holy God. But if you have accepted Jesus with sincerity and truth, then you are born again – and you know He will care about you for all eternity.
Source: I Look Oh My God
I look. I see. I feel. I think. I choose. I choose You. You are good. You are so wonderful.
You died and rose again – for me. How can I not follow You with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, with all my strength? How can I not strive to love my neighbors as much as I love myself?
I will. Your Spirit is within me.
I will follow You. I will love.
April 3, AD 33: Why We Believe We Can Know the Exact Date Jesus Died. Author: Andreas Köstenberger / Apr 8 at Center for Biblical Studies at Midwestern Seminary
- Growing into our natural new life in Christ
- Every believer’s new life in Christ [Part One]
- Explaining the Basic Christian Experience [Part Two]
You are of great value to God. He cares about you. Jesus encouraged us, saying not to worry about death at the hands of another:
4 “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have nothing more that they can do. 5 But I will point out to you whom you should fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority and power to hurl [you] into [b]hell; yes, I say to you, [stand in great awe of God and] fear Him! – Luke 12:4-5