I came across this as I was hanging with my high school girls small group last night and just thought I would share, since it seemed like yet another word from the Lord in the midst of my recent thoughts. And then, I am seriosuly done posting about this...for now.
Basically, Matthew 10 is Jesus sending his disciples out and warning them that it ain't gonna be easy. Here is what stood out to me.
Matthew 10:1-28 (parpaphrse) Go out and tell people about me. It's gonna be hard. Real hard. People won't like it. They may try to kill you. It's gonna be hard. It costs a lot to be my disciple. I'm not gonna lie, it's gonna be hard.
Matthew 10:29-31 (not paraphrased) "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of the Father. And even the very hairs of your head are numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."
Matthew 10:32-42 (paraphrase) But, I'm serious, this is gonna be hard. You will likely suffer. I am asking you walk into this with your eyes open. It will be hard and...oh yeah...did I mention it's gonna be hard.
You gotta love his honesty and then, in the middle of it all, his reminder that he knows us intimately, that he is sovereign, and that he is totally smitten over us. That's enough for me.