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 10:29-31 (NIV)
Our lives are hugely affected by how much we perceive our worth to be. For example, we work on our jobs for more than just compensation. We work on them because we feel our work to be a statement of our value; we want to be compensated for both our labor and our worth.
We tend to engage relationships and nurture connections where we are most valued, and we drift from the connections where we are not. We don't mind the pull on our lives when it comes from people who value us. Contrastingly, we feel stress when we are pulled on by people who we know really don’t care about us. Two people can call you, both needing the same thing. For the one who values you, you’re honored to do everything you can to come through for them. But for the one who makes you feel used, the result is lack of enthusiasm, to say the least. There's a different side of you that emerges when you feel valued versus when you don't.
Here is what Jesus wants you to know: when it comes to your relationship with Him, He thinks you are worth so much. If God would care about a lowly sparrow, then how much more are you valued by Him?
Understanding this truth means you can't have an anemic outlook on your life. You can’t settle for less than living in God's imaginative purposes for you. You can't go around comparing yourself to other people and feeling like you keep coming up short. Not when you know how much Jesus has placed value in your life.
Every day, He wants to show you off and let the world know what a miracle really looks like. You’re worth too much to be doubtful and timid. You’re worth too much to be walking around like you have no options or opportunities. You are worth so much that you need to know how to protect your treasure and attract people to your life who discern your value and interact with you accordingly.
Jesus finds inestimable value in you, and you will never fully fathom the enormity of His love for you. Live in light of that truth!