"I'm going into the ministry. I'm important but you... you are just a lay member, a cell in the Body of Christ." Though I think the young man who said it to me meant to say it in jest, I still remember my response to his statement nearly 35 years later. I responded by quoting from my biology text book. The cell is the unit of life and without the cells, there would be no body.
Twenty-nine years later, I would come to know exactly what happens when a cell goes rogue and ceases to be what it is supposed to be. I would learn first-hand what happens when cells are destroyed or damaged by chemotherapy and radiation. It isn't pretty and it definitely should not be on your "bucket list" of things to do!
I learned to appreciate a lot of seemingly insignificant things in my body when I either lost them or they ceased to function properly. For example I learned that uh... nasal hair is really a wonderful and amazing thing. You never appreciate it until you lose it. Then you wish you had it because you get something known as "chemo-nose" as your body desperately tries other ways to keep microscopic debris from getting into your lungs.
In nature we see a lot of seemingly insignicant things as well. Take the ladybug for example. The ladybug is a tiny creature. At first glance it doesn't seem to be of any use at all. It is merely a ladybug. Looks can be deceiving.
You see, gardeners and farmers love ladybugs. Though small, this tiny creature has a huge appetite and is capable of consuming large quanties of destructive plant-eating insects such as aphids. Ladybugs are very important when it comes to protecting plants and having a productive garden yet you would never know it by simply looking at them.
The ladybug does not blow it's own horn. In fact, you can't hear it at all. It quietly and patiently goes about doing what God designed it to do, rid the garden of harmful pests.
You might be feeling a bit insignficant right now. You see other people zipping about here and there and you see God doing amazing things through them. Meanwhile, you just don't feel like you are doing anything important.
Let me tell you everything God asks you to do is important. Everything effort we put forth in serving Him is important. Every offering we give, every gift we bring, every act of obedience, every sacrifice we willing make is important to God.
If we believe that God directs our steps then we must believe that He has a purpose for where He places us within the Body of Christ. There is a reason you are over there in that back corner. God needs someone to work the field over there and He needs someone who will labor there faithfully. That's why He gave that task to YOU.
And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by him.
Colossians 3:17 (NKJV)
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[quote]Let me tell you everything God asks you to do is important. Everything effort we put forth in serving Him is important. Every offering we give, every gift we bring, every act of obedience, every sacrifice we willing make is important to God.[/quote]
This is one of the important lessons that God can teach us when we're in the wilderness; for as you wrote, every thing He asks us to do, every effort we put forth to serve Him, every offering we give, every gift we bring, every act of obedience, and every sacrifice we make [b]is[/b] "important" to Him. We actually begin to see [then] from where our "true" worth derives -- in Him.
Wonderful blog, Princess !