She was just a college student, dedicated to her studies while serving in her local church. She helped in the youth group by playing the keyboard and leading the worship team. In the grand scheme of God’s Kingdom, how does her life matter? She was no Billy Graham, evangelizing the world. She was no Mother Teresa, helping the poor and needy in an impoverished city.
Many of us feel our lives are insignificant, yet God has a part for each of us to play in building His Kingdom. We all touch lives. It is up to us whether we will bring glory to God or live only for ourselves.
In the story of the resurrection of Jesus, two women (Mary Magdalene and Mary) went to the tomb where they met an angel. The angel told the women to tell the disciples to meet Jesus in Galilee. As they went, they met Jesus along the way and were the first to encounter him after he rose from the grave. This begs the question, why didn’t the disciples go to the tomb first? I don’t know the answer, but I do know that God used these two women. He knew he could trust them to relay the message so the disciples would end up where they could meet Jesus, too. There are no books in the Bible named after these two women. We know very little about them, but they had a part in God’s plan for this world.
So often when reading the Bible, we see people who played a small part in the grand scheme of things, but they were necessary. What about the boy who fell from the window as Paul was preaching (Acts 20:8-10)? Or the man who allowed Jesus to use his donkey (Matthew 21:2-3)? Or the boy who brought the bread and fish that was used to feed the thousands (John 6:9-13)? We don’t know the rest of their stories. I’m certain that if they continued living for God, He continued to use them to advance His Kingdom. However, we only caught a little glimpse into their lives. To us they may seem insignificant, but they had an important role to play in fulfilling God’s plan for mankind.
What is your role? If you are a mother, teach your children about God while drawing near to Him yourself. Show them by example how to apply God’s Word in every area of life. If you are married, apply God’s principles in your relationship with your husband. Build a healthy marriage that will encourage others to do the same. If you work outside your home, you have the wonderful opportunity to influence the lives of your coworkers. Are you a writer? Then write to bring glory to God. Do you work from home? Then you can befriend your neighbors and ask God to arrange opportunities for you to tell them about your relationship with Him. Text an encouraging message to a friend or family member. Call someone who might be lonely. Pray for people everywhere. The opportunities are countless when you allow yourself to be used of God.
That college student that I mentioned to you at the beginning of my post felt overwhelmed at times with leading the worship team while studying and working. There were many times she wanted to quit. However, she realized that youth group had no one else who could lead worship and she didn’t want to disappoint the leaders, so she pressed on. On top of all of that, God impressed upon her heart to start a college ministry that would reach out to international students. Wanting to be obedient, she gathered a group of college students in her church to help her plan for this new venture. It ended up being a huge success. They were able to impact the lives of many foreign young people who came from countries where the gospel was not openly preached. In spite of all these responsibilities, God blessed this young lady to graduate from her university with high honors and on the Dean’s list. She may never be a missionary in Indonesia or an evangelist leading thousands to salvation, but she impacted the lives of young people in her youth group, showing them what a life dedicated to Jesus looks like. She taught a teenage boy to play the keyboard so he could eventually serve on the worship team, too. She prayed for foreign students who more than likely had no one else praying for them. Her life mattered.
Everyone can touch someone. We all have a part to play in advancing God’s Kingdom. Just because our part isn’t a big one doesn’t mean it’s not an important one, but the only way we will be able to do this is by drawing near to God and staying close to Him. Jesus’ last words before ascending into heaven were, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NLT) We can’t be witnesses of something we’ve never experienced. We need the power of His Spirit, which means we have to experience His presence first. Only then can we witness to others about what it is that He has done. No matter how big or how small, every life committed to God is significant in building God’s Kingdom.