There is a disturbing trend in our country. We are losing our true sense of significance. Oh we have a strong “false sense of confidence” and “fake bravado and brazenness”. But what we are truly feeling is a crisis of significance. Who am I important to? Who knows my name? Why do I matter?
We try desperately to fill a void that is ever increasing with social media. How many “likes” can I get? Does this blog have enough followers? Is my tweet trending? Am I relevant? It’s something that changes in the blink of an eye and that can be so elusive. People struggle to understand how to capture and maintain the attention they seek. They long for significance. We believe we desire that from only one person but social media tells us that casual attention by many is just as satisfying. Youtubers and bloggers long for more comments and followers. Even I look for more followers. But the numbers do not change your value. It does not change my value. It never had the power to do so in the first place.
Even if you are the most followed Youtuber with several viral video’s, even if your Facebook posts are constantly reshared and have dozens of “likes”, your value is no different. It has not changed. This blog could “blow up” and still I would have no more worth than I did before that occurred. I would be shocked! But I would have no more value. I am not and you are not, entitled to special treatment of any kind. Sorry! Perhaps you might earn payment from Youtube. That payment does not define your worth. It only defines your bank account.
Your worth is no greater than the mom who is raising her children quietly in her home. Your worth is no greater than the teenager being bullied for her body shape. You’re not more valuable than an elderly man with no one left to visit him in the nursing home or the foster kid who aged out of the system and is now living on the streets. We are not an ounce more valuable. We are not more worthy of love and dignity than the man in prison convicted of crimes. That one slowed you down, didn’t it!
Because we are all but one prayer away from being redeemed, just one prayer from being flawless in God’s eyes. We are the same me, you, the wealthy man, the homeless kid, the prisoner, the terrorist. We are all the same, just one prayer from being redeemed and forgiven. We are all made in His image, each and every one of us.
And we should treat each other as if we have the same value. Priceless. We should treat each other the way that our creator sees us because we are supposed to be His hands and feet. We are called to be an extension of His love. We are His church. We know it.
There is a crisis of significance going on out there. We are looking at the wrong indicators to determine our worth! There are no ordinary people. We are all one prayer from redeemed. That is God’s design, that the whole world be redeemed. Acts 3:2 1 talks about restitution of all things. Since the world began. He wants to redeem us all, each and every one of us! Romans 5:18 sAustin the transgressions of one man led to condemnation for all men but so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.
Just one prayer. What greater value could there possibly be? How much more significant could you be? He knows your name! How much more adored could you be? Jesus died so you could be forgiven, redeemed, justified! Jesus died so you could be flawless in His eyes! Priceless! You are worthy beyond any measure with just one prayer. Just one. He knows your name! Now that’s significant.
by Vicki L. Pugliese