Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. Indeed, the hairs of your head are all counted. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows!
– Luke 12:6-7
I’m always blown away when I read that verse. It’s not just the sheer mathematics of it either, although God’s capacity to know the tiniest detail of everything that has ever existed is enough to make your head spin! What really strikes me about this verse is that God cares so deeply, despite knowing us so intimately.
I wanted to write a song that really celebrates how much God loves each of us personally. He knows everything about you, you have zero secrets from Him; yet he loves you so much that He would have sent his son Jesus to die for our sins, even if you were the one who ever made a mistake. It’s true!
What man among you, who has 100 sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the 99 in the open field and go after the lost one until he finds it? When he has found it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders, and coming home, he calls his friends and neighbors together, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my lost sheep!’ I tell you, in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous people who don’t need repentance.
– Luke 15:4-7
These are Jesus’s words, not mine.
So, what’s the appropriate response to such a massive and unwarranted Love? First, I think it compels us to give what we have back to Jesus. It’s not much, far less that He deserves, but God tells us that He wants us to love Him, so let’s love Him back to the best of our ability!
Secondly, even though it’s weird at times to say, “Jesus loves me,” when we really start to process what that means, it should fill us with tremendous confidence. He’s on my side! Just like the sparrow, I don’t have to worry. The God of the universe is taking care of me!
And again, I think that kind of love is something we should celebrate. God loves me! He created me and he loves me, in spite of all my flaws, despite knowing every detail of every cell in my being. What else can we do but shout it from the rooftops?
“You Love Your Creation” is from the album Recreated. If you don’t already have a copy…