14. We are precious in God’s sight

Children’s Church Online: Sunday 21st June

We Are Precious in God’s Sight

Scripture: Matthew 10 v26-33

26 “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[b] 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

Do you have a hobby that you enjoy?

Reading, playing football, baking, rollerblading, drawing, these are all popular hobbies.
Some people like to build things like model cars or airplanes.
Others may enjoy outdoor activities like cycling or hiking.
What about the members of your family?
Is there something you all like to do together? Perhaps it is playing Monopoly or going for long walks.

Do you think God has a hobby?
OK, I know the Bible doesn’t tell us that God has a hobby, but if He did, do you know what I think it might be?
Bird watching! If I use my imagination, I can see God sitting in heaven with a pair of binoculars.
Perhaps He has a book with pictures of all the beautiful birds that He has created and He is trying to see how many of them he can find with His binoculars.
If I really stretch my imagination, I can even hear Him saying, “There’s a Bluetit, and a Robin. Oh look, there’s an Red Kite, a Skylark, and a Sparrow.”
A Sparrow? Of course He would see a Sparrow, because there are millions of them.
You’ve seen them — common, ordinary, brown Sparrows — but God must have loved them, because He made so many of them.

One day Jesus was teaching His disciples that they should not be afraid.
Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid when people threaten you. Two sparrows are sold for a penny, but not a single sparrow falls to the ground without your Father knowing it. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”

A sparrow seems like a common bird. It has been said, “God must have loved the common people, because He made so many of them.”
I don’t think that God sees us as common or ordinary. If He did, He would not love us in such an uncommon and extraordinary way!
The Bible says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.”
We are more precious to Him than a whole flock of sparrows — and we know how much He loves the sparrow.

Prayer
Dear God, we know that we are precious in Your sight.
Thank You for loving us with such an uncommon and extraordinary love.
In Jesus’ name, amen.

Activity 1:

What birds can you see from your window or when you go out into your garden or a park? What birds can you HEAR?
When I wake up in the mornings, I love to listen to the morning chorus of all the birds singing together.

I would like to take a bird survey this week. Choose a day and on that day, write down every bird that you can see.
If you have a bird book in the house, this might help you identify ones you’re not sure about.

When you have your list of birds that you have identified, draw as many of them as you can and notice how different each one is – in shape, size and colouring.
Isn’t it amazing how many different species there are?
But whether full of colour or plainest browns and greys, God loves every one of them.
Just as He loves us one and all.