We Are of More Value Than Sparrows – Good News

Paul, the Holy Ghost-inspired apostle, had spent time in Romans 8:14 -17 to establish that the believers and receivers of Christ who are led by the Spirit of God are “the sons” or “children of God” and a result are of more value than many sparrows (birds). This goes a long way to show that God’s care and attention for and to the Sparrows (birds of the air) are not to be compared to what we have in Him. This truth is expected to cause great joy, encouragement, hope to us, and effect some correction in our attitudes to life’s presentations or challenges.

John, in his own account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, had previously emphatically stated that the Lord Himself said something about this matter while answering the question posed to Him by the Sadducees. God’s word, or revelation of His truth and will, unequivocally declares that those who have repented of, turned away from sinful life, trusted in Christ Jesus as Saviour and Lord and follow the leading or leadership of God’s Spirit and word are adopted by and to God as “Sons” or “Children” of His.

The apostle in verse 17 of chapter 8 of his Holy Ghost-inspired epistle began to infer or inform us on the implications of same, using the words, “And If Children” or “If Sons” (Romans 8:17). He stated what ought to be the lot or portion of those who have become or adopted as sons of God. He said that if they are sons/children, then they are heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ. The question then is, what does that mean or imply? An heir is one that is a co-owner of what one owns with him/her. He/she is one who inherits what belongs to another in his/her absence or exit. Jesus saw Himself while on earth, as the heir of God and lived and acted like that.

The point of this article is, if we are sons (of God), then we are heirs of God, and are of more value than many sparrows (Luke 12:7). And if we are heirs of God, we should live and act as that. We should come to Him as His heirs, like the younger son of the man in Jesus’ story or parable and not like the elder one. We are to ask God to give or release to us the things that fall to us from Him, which are ours by virtue of our being His heirs. And if He sees that we believe and are serious with our demand, He will do like the Father of the prodigal son to us. If we are sons, let us stop coming to our Father like beggars, strangers or slaves. Like Jesus, the principal heir of God, let us claim and assert the authority of God our Father over and against His subjects – other creatures and things, including fallen spirits or angels, expecting them to obey or submit as they did to the first begotten or principal heir – Jesus Christ our Lord.

Vitus Ejiogu is a writer and publisher with the Fire-Brand Int’l Ministries, a media ministry that is based in Nigeria. He is the editor of FOUNDATION SATELLITE magazine also published by the ministry. He pastors a Church in Bauchi and is married with two children.

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