Thursday, October 27, 2016
When people see an old penny on the ground, not everyone bothers to pick it up. The reason is obvious. Those who leave the penny on the ground, do so because they see no value in it. To them, it is not even worth the effort to stoop down to get it. The ones who pick it up, however, do so for many reasons. That old penny could be a collector’s item. It could keep you from being one penny short the next time you make a small purchase, or something else. Here’s another reason many of us pick up old pennies when we see them: They remind us that one day we too were discarded and forgotten, left lying on the ground because no one saw real value in us and we were not worth the bother. To be fair, some of us gave those around us plenty of reasons to think that of us. Then, Jesus walked into our lives. He picked up that old coin, gave it a brilliant luster, then claimed it for Himself.
God sees His creation much different than mankind. Jesus told His Disciples one day:“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-30) The world pays very little attention to sparrows. What are they good for? You can’t eat them and they don’t qualify as pets. Yet, Jesus implied that they are of much value to God and that not one of them falls to the ground without His knowledge. Why? Because He loves them! Why? Because He made them! What’s greater still is that we are even more valuable to Him than many sparrows. Why? Because He loves us; because He made us. He saw great value in us when no one else did, so much in fact, that He was willing to sacrifice His son to save us from eternal damnation.
The writer of the great old hymn of the faith, “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”, knew this truth and that is why one line in his song says: “His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.” I’m sure you’ve heard the corny line about the clock at work. It can never be stolen because there’s always someone watching it. The same can be said about God’s children. Nobody can take us out of God’s protection because His eye is always upon us. May we never forget how much the Lord loves us and the great value we have because He now lives within us.
God’s promise for today: (John 10:28 KJV) “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”