Many of us get stuck thinking that our lives are insignificant and we don’t have the ability to make a difference in our world. We forget we have been created to do great work for Christ. The reason we know the work we do will be great is because it is done for the glory of God.
Anything done in His name not only has eternal impact but it also means that we are fulfilling our destiny. Nearly everyone wants to live a life of significance, to leave a mark on the world. There is no better way to do this than by living out your purpose in life.
Where did we acquire such a small view of our capabilities? Throughout history, Biblical and otherwise, the greatest changes have been affected by a single person or a small band of like-minded individuals. It doesn’t take an army; Jesus began the greatest revolution the world has ever known with twelve men, no marketing budget and no access to the internet. Think what we could do with the resources at our disposal! The issue is not that we are unable to make a difference, but rather that we are unwilling. We like our lives, safely folded into the American culture. Why rock the boat? God is all powerful; His purposes will be accomplished with or without us. The point is that we have been designed, literally shaped and formed, to do the very work we resist and assume that someone else will do. God created us to work alongside of Him in accomplishing His will on earth. We are the instruments of His action, His hands and feet in the physical realm.
It is true that God’s purposes will be accomplished with or without us; but humans are the vehicle through which He has chosen to do His work. If we do not participate in collaborating with our Creator, He will simply partner with someone else. We are the losers in this scenario; we have missed the opportunity to walk side by side with God and to see Him glorified through the work that we do on His behalf. You will never find true satisfaction and happiness outside of the will of God; there will always be a gnawing in your soul, a realization that there is more to life than what you are currently experiencing. Money won’t fill the void, pleasure won’t fill the void, and entertainment will not fill the void; only a life lived in congruence with God’s will can fill the emptiness.
We become restless when we resist doing the work we have been given to do. By the grace of God alone we have been saved to do the work of Christ. Only when we submit to this mission will we experience what life is truly meant to be. If we are serious about our commitment to follow Jesus, we will do the work He has given us to do. Feelings of laziness and insignificance are from Satan and designed to keep us from becoming who we were created to be. Selfishness and pride keep us from embracing the work we know we must do. With God, all things are possible; we can put away our selfishness and resist the temptations of lethargy and evil. Remember who created you and what you were created to be. Don’t wait for someone else to make a difference; accept what has been given to you and do great things.