Overcoming Insignificance


Psalm 139:17-18 (NLT) How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!

You are significant to God! God loves you. He has precious thoughts about you that cannot be numbered. We compromise and settle for less than God’s Best by biting into the apple of insignificance that it’s low hanging fruit in the orchard of temptation. Why? We live in a big world. A place with a newly defined normal and acceptable each day. The tide of public opinion will toss us to and fro if not anchored in hope and grounded in Jesus Christ. It is a society of facades causing those unable to filter their life properly to feel small. Deep inside it is the seed of insecurity that becomes insignificance. However, reading Psalm 139, it would seem that human beings are significant so much so that God is intricately aware of their every move and motive without missing a beat. He knows the number of hairs on our head which is subject to change continually. He captures every tear in a bottle for redemption. He created a life plan for us with a future and hope. He gives us His Spirit to accompany us through this life. He dispatches angels for our care. He made a place for us in heaven. He orders our steps to divine destiny. He takes every detail of our life using it for our good and His Glory. He gave His Son to die to have a relationship with us even though He knows our thoughts, inclinations and propensity to sin. We should never feel insignificant when the Sovereign God loves us so thoroughly and completely yet we do.

Insignificance manifested in the human heart is a deficiency of faith. Faith gives us hope that secures our soul. A secure soul rooted and grounded in the love of Jesus Christ knows its worth. You are worth dying for. Yet the enemy works overtime to make us feel insignificant and stifle us. To make us feel unimportant. To feel small and inadequate. To think we have no influence or distinction. To decide our character indistinct. To think our life has no meaning. Well, thankfully God is greater than our feelings. When our eyes are on others and not on the Lord, it is easy to feel insignificant. The life portrayed publicly by others rarely tells the whole story.

In order to overcome insignificance, one must know their true identity. Purpose will often solve this problem because our focus shifts from the success of others to the dream inside of us. If we pan out from our present position to a satellite view of the planet, we are one of too many to count and beyond our ability to compare. However, if we could just make our way into the Presence of the Living God for just a moment, it would change our perspective forever. You are unique. You are individual. God created you with a plan and purpose that will give you a future and hope. You are a member of a body with a position only you can fulfill. Every blessing and promise reserved for you belongs to you and no one else can have it. There are things that God created and called you to do that no one else can accomplish. How is this possible?

I have five children. They are all very different. I have one who only had a 2% chance of living due to metastatic cancer. Do you think for a single second of his battle that I ever considered losing him less than tragic because I had four other perfectly fine kids? Of course, not! I am imperfect. I love my children to the best of my ability. God is love. He loves with perfect love. This is our confident position of hope where faith is best planted. To know God’s Love – you must sow it. A relationship with God is reciprocal. Our life must be invested to yield the fruit that sustains our confidence in life.

I John 4:16-18 (NLT) We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first.

Our family recently joined a new church. I know that it is a divine move of God from one season to another. I am confident in His Call. However, it is much larger than our previous church. Walking into the large sanctuary, I battle insignificance. It is a church in action. Loving, learning, and leading others to Christ. It is a solid organization but it makes me feel really insignificant. I know my gifts and talents. I know that God will use me in this place but I don’t see where I fit in. It’s all new. Where do I fit? How will I know? Will God use me? Do you ever feel like your life is unimportant? The greater our desire to love God and serve Him wholeheartedly the greater the roar of the enemy. He tells us that our services are not required. We have no influence. Taunts from the sidelines, temptations to draw back, and a constant nagging of a life without meaning cause us to get stuck sometimes.

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.

Our confidence must always be in the Love of God. We must learn to trust His Love. It is the birthplace of security that will slowly but surely eat away at every insecurity attempting to keep us from fulfillment. The enemy cannot defeat the power of God inside of you especially when our weakness is used as a conduit of it. He cannot take anything God has reserved for you. No weapon formed against you can prosper. God is with you. Even if you fall, He will help you back up to continue on your way to His Way. However, if you give in to the lie that your life doesn’t matter you will stop. Dead in your tracks if you will. Giving up is the end goal of insignificance. Do not ignore small beginnings. The ripple effect of your life may be that you opened the door for someone or let them cut in front of you in traffic. It may be that you simply listened. Every small act of obedience born of the Father’s Love is significant. It is your life seed. It will harvest new thresholds of confidence not in ourselves but in God’s Love for us. It secures our identity as Children of God.

You are important. Your life has new meaning as in Christ you become a new creation. When insignificance bears down on you – remind yourself who you are and Whose you are. Pour through the passages of love and devotion in God’s Word of the many ways that He wants to love, bless and prosper your life. Write them down. Memorize them. Remind your soul for as it prospers so will you!

Psalm 27:13 (NLT) Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.

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