(4-7) Have No Fear
Too many of us have more fear for people than we have for God. But in this passage, Christ admonishes us to fear people less, and fear God more. If we boldly own Christ and fearlessly speak of Him before people, the most they can do is put our bodies to death. But if we disown Christ and shrink back from carrying our cross, God has the power to not only put our bodies to death, but also send our souls to hell. Those who persecute true Christians by killing them are actually doing them a great service for they send them away early from the darkness of this old world and into the blessed light and eternal joy of the Lord.
When Christians are persecuted or find themselves in a difficult, impossible-looking situation, it is easy for us to feel like we are not important to God. But Christ assures us that is not the case. If God knows the number of hairs on our head and if God knows how much a sparrow is sold for, certainly He knows and is deeply concerned about the more important things about us. “Fear not,” Christ says, “you are of more value than many sparrows.”
(8-12) Acknowledge Christ Before Men
We have a choice: deny Christ or acknowledge Him. Those who do the former will be denied by Christ. They will be denied eternal life and all the joys of Heaven. Those who do the latter will also be acknowledged by Christ before God and the angels in Heaven.
(22-31) Do Not Be Anxious
There is so much more to our lives than running after and striving to gain material, physical goods. “Life is more than food,” Christ says, “and the body more than clothing.” Worrying cannot add days to our years or inches to our height. God knows exactly what we need. He cares for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, certainly He will care for me and you who are made in His image.
Favorite verse: (7) Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.