Valued and Fearless

Because of our value in God’s sight as His children, and in Jesus’ sight as His bride and disciples whom He loves and treasures, we should have absolutely no fear of man.

"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" [Ps 27:1]

And so, we should follow Jesus and confess Jesus without regard for what man thinks or does. Take a bird for example: men hunt birds and sell them for a small price. Well, not one of those birds is given into the hand of the hunter without The Father’s knowledge. And now think of this: every single hair on your head is known and numbered of The Father: He knows each one individually. Therefore don’t fear men, who hunt and kill men in addition to birds, for we are of much greater value than birds. So confess Christ Jesus our Lord without thinking about what will happen. If The Father takes thought for birds who are being hunted, how much more His children. Jesus comforts us with these words in Matthew,

"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. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." [Mt 10:28-31]

God is fully able to, as Psalms 91:3 says, “deliver thee from the snare of the fowler.” He is able, that is certain. But will He? That is often the question. But let us, as Eli, say, “It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.” [1 Sam 3:18] And let us, with knowledge that God is able to save, stand up with joy and work with all our heart in whatever it is that we put our hands to, having the attitude of Jonathan, Saul’s son, who said, “it may be that The LORD will work for us: for there is no hindrance to The LORD to save by many or by few.”

In Psalms it says that,

"They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever." [Ps 49:6-8]

Even the richest person on earth could not ransom, or purchase, a soul and save it from hell. This is because, as the Psalmist writes, “the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever.” It means that if one were to try redeeming a brother with riches, the payment would never cease: it would never end, not even for an eternity. All the riches upon earth, for all of eternity, are not even enough to redeem just one soul back to God. There is only one price that is high enough: the blood of Jesus. For Peter writes, “ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” [1 Pe 1:18-19]

CONCLUSION

We are not just a few cents more valuable than birds, of which not one dies without God’s permission and knowledge, but we are of an infinitely greater value. Jesus, The Son of God’s, own blood had to be shed for us. And seeing that we are so valuable to God that He would give up His very own son, we should not fear! We are a valued and treasured object to our God, who has made us “a people for His own possession,” and therefore we should not fear because God will protect us, even as us humans protect and look after valuable possessions of our own.

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