Psalms 33: 13-15 – “From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from His dwelling place he watches all who live on earth; He who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.” (NIV version)
I find it both amazing and at times terrifying when I think that God sees everything we do, say or even think. Out of all of the people in the world, He still takes time to watch over all of us and hear all of our thoughts. He has the ability to have an intimate relationship with every single person on the planet. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by trying to keep up with all of the people in my life; yet God is constantly watching over the entire earth, not just mankind, but over all of creation. That is truly amazing to me.
Sometimes, we have the tendency to think that we are not as important as the next person. We go through life thinking that nothing we really do will make a huge difference. We’re merely specks on this planet compared to the big things that are going on around us. This mindset hinders you from a full relationship with God. It causes you to pray less and have a “do it yourself” kind of attitude. You start to control your own life rather than leaning on God for direction. Then, when things don’t go as planned, you ask God why He allowed this to happen. The wonderful thing about God is that He does allow free will, but that doesn’t mean that we live a life without dependency on God.
It only takes one person to make a big impact on the world. Some people in the Bible come to mind. In the book of Acts, Stephen stood up for his faith and was martyred for it which eventually influenced Paul to become who he was. Stephen’s last words were to ask God to forgive the people that murdered him, including Saul who became the apostle Paul and went on to spread the word to the entire known world, wrote a large part of the New Testament and was one of the greatest Christians that ever lived. Without Stephen’s influence, would Paul have become who he was? Stephen obviously lived a life totally dependent on God which ended up making a huge impact on the entire world.
Matthew 10:30 – “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”
If God takes the time to know how many hairs are on our head, don’t you think He cares about all of the little moments in your life too? He knows us more intimately than anyone.
Psalms 139:2 – “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.”
This can be kind of a scary, but yet a comforting truth. God knows all of your thoughts. Have you ever stopped to think about that? He knows all of our doubts, fears and insecurities. He knows all of these things and wants us to talk to Him about it. The average human brain has about 70,000 thoughts a day. We might as well include God in the conversation since He is already a part of it whether we consciously include Him or not.
Proverbs 19:21 – “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
God made you for a specific purpose which makes every person equal in His eyes. It breaks God’s heart when we belittle ourselves or don’t think we are worthy enough. The closer you are with God and the more you pray to Him, the more in line your life will be with His will. Think of the impact you can make within your small community. God has you exactly where He wants you to be; your job, your town, your church, your neighborhood. You could be like Stephen and impact one person that in turn impacts the whole world.
If you constantly live under the notion that nothing you do really matters, you might be hindering someone else from finding their way to God. Think of it this way. Since this type of mindset typically causes us to pray less, then we may miss the opportunity to pray for someone else. The power of prayer is phenomenal and sometimes God may be waiting on that “one” prayer to bless that person with an answer. What if Stephen had not prayed for Paul? What if he thought, “Well, this is the end of my life so there’s nothing more I can do.” Instead, Stephen’s last words before he died blessed more people than he could have ever imagined.
I think of this in my own life too. I spent a lot of years of my life thinking I wasn’t as important as other people which affected my relationship with God too. I tried to do it all on my own which only left me discouraged in the end. I didn’t think God really cared about my problems. When I started surrounding myself more with community, I realized that everyone struggles with something in their lives and that we all need God including myself. Your relationship with God not only affects you, but it affects everyone around you. Someone else may miss out on the influence you could have on their life. A lot of people falsely believe that their relationship with God only affects them, but that is not true. If you are not in line with God’s will, then He cannot live out His purposes in the world. Every single person matters!
Proverbs 22:2 – “Rich and poor have this in common; The Lord is the Maker of them all.”
You don’t have to be a superstar to make an extraordinary difference. It starts with having a close personal relationship with God and allowing Him to work through you in the community He has placed you in. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or your status in society. Remember, God created everyone equal. That’s right, your status in this world has no bearing on how God views you. His only desire is that you live out His purpose in this world by totally surrendering your life to Him. That means He wants to be involved in every last detail of your life, from what you’re going to eat for dinner to helping your son that is struggling with who he is. The small details matter just as much as the big ones to Him.
All of these things matter to God because you matter to Him. He created you and loves you more than you could ever imagine. Begin your journey each day with this thought and you might be amazed at the impact it could make on the world around you.