Sunday, February 10, 2013
Shattering the illusion of your insignificance
We can so easily weigh up our lives and compare them to how the rest of the world is doing. We can so easily try and figure out what we have achieved against what our brothers, our neighbours or our friends have done.
And that's when God says: "Don't!" God took such great care in creating you unique. You have fingerprints, voiceprints, eyeprints and DNA, that's you, totally uniquely. Before you there was no-one like you and after you, although your children might carry parts of your DNA, there will be no-one like you.
Our God, the God of the Bible, makes salvation and His relationship with you personal. He says that He has counted the hair on your head. He says that your name is engraved on the palm of His hand. He says that even if a mother could forget her child, He would never forget you.
He makes a covenant with you - a binding agreement. He loves us, even before we might decide to love Him back.
If you are struggling today, you look back at your life and you seem to feel just average, if you do not get the recognition from those around you, if you actually just wish this life could have been different or be done with, God wants to remind you, that you are unique, and His love for you is special.
You were not an accident. You're being here, was not by fate. God still has a plan for you. He has chosen you for this time, for this moment, for this situation.
Jesus, dying on the cross, for you - means that it shatters all illusions of insignificance. You are important to God and throughout His word, He takes special care to show you that He cares about individuals - the son who was forgotten with the flock of sheep, the Samaratin woman who was despised by her own people, the fishermen who grew up with the locals.
He doesn't ask you to be great in terms of worldly standards. All He asks of you is to love Him, in whatever way you are able to.
Lord, thank you for reminding me that I am significant in your eyes. Help me to see myself the way you see me.