Thursday, October 11, 2012

He Is Enough...part two: You Are IMPORTANT!

  Do you ever feel insignificant?  Do you ever feel like the world would just keep right on turning if you disappeared, as if your existence was important to absolutely no one?  Do you ever feel like you’re JUST the … fill in the blank?  You’re “just” a stay-at-home mom.  You’re “just” a secretary.  You’re “just” a woman.  The world says, “Oh.  THAT’s all you are?  Well.  That’s not important.”  And we buy into that.  We buy into the thought that we have to BE someone in the world's eyes to be worth anything at all.  But that’s not what Scripture tells us.  Scripture tells us that because God has chosen us, we ARE important, whether the world sees it or not.   
  David knew exactly what it was like to feel unimportant.  David?  The greatest king ever?  Yep.  Take a look at 1 Samuel chapter 16 and you'll see.  In previous chapters, Israel had asked for a king so they could be like other nations.  So God gave them Saul.  Saul does a pretty good job of leading Israel... for a while.  But then he makes some pretty bad choices and ends up openly disobeying God.  In fact, the last line of chapter 15 says that God regretted making Saul the king over Israel!  Now in chapter 16, the Lord sends Samuel to anoint a new king, but Samuel says, “Now wait a minute.  If Saul finds out what I’m doing, I’m a dead man.”  So God says, “Fine.  Go down with the purpose of making a sacrifice to Me.  While you’re there, anoint the one that I tell you to.”  So Samuel obeys.  He goes down to Bethlehem to make a sacrifice and he invites the elders of the city and Jesse and his sons to join him.  Here's what happens:

Verse 6: When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!”
…God said, “nope.  He’s not the one.”
Verse 8: Then Jesse told his son Abinadab to step forward and walk in front of Samuel.
… “nope, not him either.”
Verse 9: Next Jesse summoned Shimea...
… “huh-uh.”
Verses 10-11: In the same way all seven of Jesse’s sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.”  Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?”
   “There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.”
  
  Here we’ve got Jesse, the father of at least 8 children.  He’s invited to a sacrificial ceremony by Samuel, the prophet of God Himself.  His sons are invited to go with him and yet for reasons unrevealed in the text David is not invited.  Apparently David is not IMPORTANT enough to his father for him to be invited to the sacrifice.  “Oh, him?  He’s just the one tends to the sheep.  He’s not that important.”
See, David knew exactly how it felt.

Verses 11-13: Then Samuel asked, "Are these all the sons you have?"
   “There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.”
   “Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.”
   So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes.
   And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.”
   So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.

Good took a “nobody,” a shepherd boy, and said “he’s the one.”  He anointed him in front of all those who thought him to be nobody, and He went on to use David to do amazing things.
So how can you know that you’re important?  How do you know that God says of you, “She’s the one.  Anoint her?”
First, God loved you enough to send His Son to die for you.  “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, NLT).  If He didn’t think you were important, I guarantee that He wouldn’t have done that.  But Jesus’ blood was shed for all of us, not just the world's VIP’s.  Secondly, He chose you.  For what?  To receive an inheritance from Him.  “…because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for He chose us in advance, and He makes everything work out according to His plan.”  (Ephesians 1:11)  You are important enough, friend, that God wants to give you part of His kingdom!  He wants you to share in His glorious realm!  And then listen to this: “And when you believed in Christ, He identified you as His own, giving you the Holy Spirit, whom He promised long ago.  The Spirit is God’s guarantee that He will give us the inheritance He promised and that He has purchased us to be His own people.”  (Ephesians 1:13b-14a)
    You are important to God.  Not because of your job or any achievement.  Not because of your family lineage.  You are important to God because you belong to Him!  And when you’re important to Him, NO ONE ELSE MATTERS!  Not your parents, not your co-workers, not your friends.
  So the next time someone tries to tell you that you’re not important just tell them, “That’s okay.  God thinks I’m pretty special, and since He controls the universe and all, I think I’ll listen to Him instead of you.”

Next time: ...When the World Says You're Not GOOD Enough

2 comments:

  1. Hi Angela. I recently started reading your blog. I must say i am greatly encouraged.

    I have recently just been feeling inadequate and purposeless. I have been comparing myself to others alot, thinking they are more important and because i dnt have what they have then maybe i must not be that important.

    I like what u said that sometimes
    ''We buy into the thought that we
    have to BE someone in the world's
    eyes to be worth anything at all'' but in God's eyes i am important just the way i am. Thank you for reminding me this.

    You are doing a wonderful job with your articles.
    God bless you

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    1. Bessie, You ARE important because HE made you and chose you as His own! Cherish that truth and run to it every time anyone tries to tell you otherwise.
      Have a blessed day!
      ~Angela

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