“‘What’s the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.'”
– Matthew 10:29-31
(The Message Bible)
Woah buddy. I don’t know what you think, but I think a million canaries is a lot of birds! In all seriousness though, this is one of my favorites verses. That little word “worth” changes everything for me. This is Jesus speaking, you know, the creator of everything, and he is telling me (the creator of nothing worth while), that I am worth more than a million canaries. Another version of this verse (New Living Translation) says:
“‘What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.'”
I think it’s pretty crazy that God can find value and worth in me — even when I can’t.