I’ve been struggling lately with feelings of insignificance. I know those feelings come straight from the pit of hell, but I still wrestle with them. They never come when I’m on top of the world and feeling special. The devil waits until I’m not feeling unique and then he hits me with the thoughts that the things I do and say are meaningless. Deep down I know it’s a lie but I catch myself entertaining those thoughts far too long, leading to hopelessness and depression. The Bible is clear that every life counts. Our significance is proved by the fact that Jesus gave His life on the cross for us. We are valuable to God our creator. The psalmist David knew this fact when he penned the words, I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well (Psalm 139:14).
My mother-in-law is one of the most godly women I know. She is an inspiration to me and everyone who knows her. She spends her time doing good for someone every day. Even at 88 years old she visits shut-ins and comforts those who are sick and hurting. One thing she does that has become a tremendous blessing to people is she bake cakes and gives them away. Her cakes are out of this world! She is a real life “Cake Boss!” Whenever I’m invited to a party, she bakes a cake for me and it’s always a big hit. People love her cakes so much that she is now baking all the time. I’ve heard her say she had to bake as many as three cakes done in a day. Baking cakes has become almost a daily activity for her. She has to buy ingredients in bulk at Sam’s Club to just to keep up with the demand! She calls it her “cake ministry.” And it is. People rave over the taste of her cakes. I finally figured out her secret ingredient. It’s LOVE. She bakes her cakes for the glory of God. I know she brings a smile to His face as He watches her work so hard in her tiny kitchen. She gives those cakes away because she loves Jesus and she loves people. She can’t wait to get up every morning and bless someone with a fresh-baked cake. Her life has significance and she knows her reward awaits her when she stands face to face with her Lord.
I’ve too often let the smallness of my words or deeds influence my feelings of significance. I’ve performed musicals for small audiences and felt like it was a waste of time. But for the 60 people who paid good money to see the performance, it was a special event. I’ve spoken and sang at small churches and wondered if my words really made any difference, only to have someone tell me years later that my message had a profound impact on their life.
1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us, So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Even the simple day to day routine of eating a meal can be for the glory of God. The apostle Paul instructs us in Colossians 3:17,23, & 24, And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Knowing that our words and actions matter to God and He will reward us accordingly gives meaning and significance to our day to day lives.
The American definition of success is “bigger is better” and unless we are reaching the masses, we are not important at all. However, in God’s economy, small does not equal trivial. Jesus said faith as small as a mustard seed could move a mountain! Mary Engelbreit told us, “Bloom Where You’re Planted.” That’s still good advice. Our significance comes from God who created you in His image. We are valuable to Him and to the people He has placed in your life. Your life matters to God. Cake anyone?