Deep within every one of us lies a hunger to significance. We want our lives to count…to make a difference…to be worth something. But many of us carry around even deeper feelings of insignificance. We allow our lives to be determined not by our abilities, but by our inabilities. Everywhere we look we see others who are more successful, more gifted, more agile, more talented, more this…more that. And at point we can begin to think that God must have no purpose for us.
- So what does Jesus have to say about our significance?
- Do I really matter?
The answer is yes…you do matter. But you matter not for what you can accomplish in this life, but for what God can accomplish through you.
In the Bible we see God using insignificant people do His work:
- Moses offered every excuse in the book for why he was too insignificant to do God’s work. “But who am I to appear before the Pharoah?” Exodus 3:1-4
- We see Esther going before the King to save her people. She was the gutsy one.
- We see David writing about his insignificance in Psalms 8…“When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers…what are mortals that you should think of us…”
- We see Paul in 1 Corinthians telling the church at Corinth “…few of you were wise in the world’s eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you…”
You each were given a small piece of dough in a baggie when you walked in today. It’s now PLAYTIME! Spend some time playing – squeezing, pulling, twisting, kneading. When the dough is pliable, shape what you have in to the likeness of yourself.
How is God shaping you?
How is God preparing to use you?
Are you willing? Or are you unpliable and hard?
Read Isaiah 64:8 “And yes, Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are all formed by your hand.”
We don’t have to be perfect. God desires only a sincere heart. What you do for God may seem insignificant at the time. You may feel like you don’t know what to do, but God has a plan in shaping your life. Begin where you are, doing what you can, and accept God’s pleasure over your smallest steps in the right direction.
Keep your little piece of dough and throughout the week allow yourself a little playtime. Each time you see the bag with the dough you’ll be reminded that God is shaping you into something that He desires to work through. And you life will never be the same.
Now – get out of here and go to class!