Do you ever feel insignificant or unimportant? Do you sometimes look around and see amazing individuals with secular careers or Christian ministries and the people who love and support them, and wonder where your place in this world is and who, if anyone, would be affected, or even notice, if you weren’t here–or even if God cares?
“He will not break a crushed blade of grass or put out even a weak flame. He will truly bring justice;” (Isaiah 42:3 NCV)
Today’s verse is an Old Testament prophecy about Jesus. It’s longer than just one verse, but it is this one that shows us God’s heart: one of support and love toward the least of His people.
You see, the world regularly judges us; those who don’t know God–and here we must be careful because even we who claim to follow Jesus are susceptible to assessing others like this–rank humanity according to their perceived value within the strictures of society. The world sees how wealthy we are, how much education we have, how many times we’ve been written about or had our work published, our job title, even the size of our ministry–it sees, in other words, that which we could brag about.
But God looks at us differently; He “…does not see the same way people see. People look at the outside of a person, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 NCV)
God sees our heart. And, His Word warns us that the pride of life (arrogance about our status or accomplishments) is not from Him:
“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” (1 John 2:15-17 NLT)
We are furthermore warned, “Be not highminded, but fear:” (Romans 11:20 KJV) And to those who have more in this world, He commands: “As for the rich in this present world, instruct them not to be conceited and arrogant, nor to set their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share [with others]. In this way storing up for themselves the enduring riches of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” (1 TIMOTHY 6:17-19 AMP)
The truth of the matter is that God loves us: He loves each and every one of His children–there are no orphans in His family, no stepchildren or not-quite-part-of-the-family siblings. All of us are precious to Him. And, He looks at our heart–at our love for Him. Our obedience to Him reveals our love for Him, but it’s okay if the world doesn’t see what God sees, or even if it looks to others like we haven’t done anything particularly exceptional–if we don’t look impressive on the outside. So long as we are faithful to our Lord; so long as we love Him with our heart, and soul, and mind, and strength; so long as we’re working for the eternal treasures that don’t decay or rot or get stolen; so long as He is the most precious thing in our lives–everything is okay. In fact, it’s more than okay–it’s as He wants it!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You that You won’t break a crushed blade of grass or put out a weak flame; thank You that You love us enough to give Yourself for us–and that each and every one of us is precious to You! Please encourage us, and help us to love You above all else! Amen.