The King’s Valuables
“What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 10:27-33 (KJV)
The things of Jesus Christ, especially His teachings, and the preaching of His Word are His valuables. These are very precious to Him. The Psalmist wrote, “For You have maginified Your Word above all Your name.” (Psalm 138:2b NKJV). Jesus preached with His heart toward the cross, and that should be our destination as well. Preach without the fear of men, their threats, dangers, pits, snares, and savage attempts to destroy.
Everything Jesus reveals about Himself or His kingdom to us is to be proclaimed. Three of the “fear nots” of Scripture (those beginning in 10:26) are right here in this passage of Scripture.
There is no place for “secret disciples” in the kingdom of God. If you have secret disciples you will have a secret message, and there is no secret message of Christ. It has been said, “If we fear God, we need fear nothing else”. The one who can kill the body but not the soul is the devil, the old serpent, liar and deceiver. Warren Wiersbe has said, “The fear of God is the fear that cancels fear.” God is the only one who is able to cast into Hell both soul and body. Men can destroy our body, but they cannot touch our soul.
The disciple of Christ is of value to the Lord well. He has numbered the very hairs of our head. This numbering shows that he holds great value not only of every individual believer, but even each hair of our head. Even as they fall out.
Our open confession, even to those who are hostile, is testimony of our genuine faith in Jesus. Some will profess Christ in the midst of a friendly atmosphere, but deny Him in a hostile environment. To confess Christ is to be faithful no matter the environment or culture. Our silence, at the time, is denial. Those who profess Christ in the friendly, but deny Him in the hostile will also be denied before the Father. Those who are His valuables will never deny Him, but will profess, confess, and proclaim Him any where in time and place.