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Ezekiel 7 to 9
When I was a child it was a tremendous delight to find a penny on the pavement and there was no way I would walk past it without picking it up.
Now that I am a little older, I realise that I can quite happily walk past a penny on the floor and not even dream of bending down to pick it up. On realising this, I started to ask myself "what coin would I bother bending down to pick up?" 5p is too small, 10p maybe, but 20p is useful for parking meters. So now I am living my life on the premise that anything less than 20p is worthless.
What I am doing when I think like this, is putting a relative value on claiming something that I can have compared with the cost of bending over to recover it.
Sadly we do this all the time in life and often refuse what God offers because we feel 'put out' to claim it. If it means we have to pray for a couple of hours it may be not worth picking up! If it means we have to commit ourselves to going to the Alpha course for ten weeks or the Bible training course for a month it may be too high a price.
Thank God He never looks at us that way.
Matt 10:29 Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows. NLT
I am glad that although I was laid in the gutter, Jesus looked at me and thought I was worth reaching out for. I am also glad that my needs are not irrelevant to Him. In the entire universe amongst the billions of souls I AM NOT IRRELEVANT! Thank God – neither are you!
God placed so much value on you, He was prepared to part with His only Son. He doesn't look at you relative to other souls, but instead looks at the cross and remembers how dearly he paid for you.
Today in return we can remember that price, and we can rejoice in the truth that God thinks so much of us that he was prepared to reach down and pick us up.
It would also be good today to re-evaluate our priorities in light of this truth. It is worth putting our all into His kingdom, because that way we get to share in a bigger inheritance with Jesus.