Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World


“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6–7)

Why a Sparrow?  The Sparrow is a small bird, typically with brown and grey plumage.  Pretty common throughout the world and rather “unnoticed”; one could even say, a sparrow is a rather boring bird.  

“For context, Luke 12:1 tells us that Jesus was addressing “a crowd of many thousands” when He spoke of the value God sees in each person. Many thousands. The rich. The poor. The average. The misfits. The bland. The spicy. The employed. The unemployed. The talented. The crippled. The lonely. The well. The sick. The married. The widowed. The single. The stressed-out. The curious. The masses! This wasn’t just a pep talk to encourage His besties! He was talking to the gamut of humanity. You … and you … and you … and you … and you … and you … are worth more than a whole mess of sparrows!”

And why does Jesus say, “Don’t be afraid”?  Jesus and the angels tell us to not be afraid a lot, because we are afraid – a lot.  Why in this context?  Why “don’t be afraid” with the cost of a sparrow?  

I think it’s because we are strong and confident when we feel like we are significant and making a difference in the world, which is rather un-sparrow-ish.  Would you agree?  Would you agree that you are at your best when you know you are contributing?  So, the opposite of that would be: I am not confident and sad when I feel like I am not making a difference or I’m causing inconvenience or discomforts for others. I feel afraid to reach out when I feel like this — insignificant and incapable.

You know what this means, don’t you? God remembers and sees ALL of US –ALWAYS!

  • We. Have. Value.
  • We are not forgotten by God.
  • God cares for and knows all about us.

“Heavenly Father,

Thank You for always remembering me and for loving me for who I am, where I am. Thank You for caring for me. Please help me accept this as truth when I doubt my value.

In Jesus’ Name,

(Excerpts taken from Stop Doubting Your Worth – Girlfriends in God, October 19, 2020)

Jill Maclay