March 27th Lenten Devotion

The Make-Weight

Allison Byerley

Matthew 10:26-31

I ran across a story about the sparrows Jesus talks about in these verses.

A young boy became a devoted Christian, and someone asked him about his fervor. The boy explained that someone had given him a New Testament and he had read about two sparrows being sold for a penny, and he realized that Jesus knew about selling birds. The boy caught and sold birds, and for two coins, he would throw in an extra bird, a make-weight, of no account.

He went on, “Now, I think to myself that I am so insignificant, so poor, and so small that no one would think of counting me. I am like the extra bird. And yet, Jesus says that not one of them is forgotten before God. I have never heard anything like it! No one but he could ever have thought of not forgetting me.”

There are times when most of us feel like make-weights, of no account. When have you felt of no account, forgotten, ignored?

Jesus tells us that is not true. We are not forgotten. We are not of no account. We are precious in the sight of God who knows even the number of hairs on our heads.

Notice what Jesus wants us to remember in addition to that. Do not be afraid. Don’t let our fear of being wrong or awkward or laughed at or tongue-tied or whatever other fear grips us hold us back from following Jesus.

Jesus, remind me how precious I am in God’s eyes and forgive me when I let fear overshadow faith.


Rev. Dr. Allison Byerley is the Pastor of Mariposa UMC in Mariposa, CA.


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