Most people like to believe they have some modicum of value, some to perhaps only one other individual, others to an entire nation. Their supposed importance is most generally believed to be exemplified by the deeds that they do, the man who provides financially for his family, the one who employs hundreds of persons so they can do so, heads of countries who enact laws that are, at least perhaps at their foundation, designed to make life for all of those in that nation safer, more secure, less of a burden. “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)
I contend that many who profess Jesus Christ as Lord are more concerned with their own supposed walk with Him than they are with their neighbor, that they are more concerned with their appearance as a Christian than having the heart of one. Their faith when expressed is done so only in the confines of the church building, and perhaps occasionally inside the walls of their house, but they will not speak His name in the general public, they will not seek out the lost, and they most definitely will not contend with the wicked concerning their soul, much less those evil men who are part of the religious cults of the day that are leading many into hell.
Yet those same people believe themselves to be important to God, they are His children, and as such their main concern is to keep themselves unspotted from the world and to not forsake the assembling of themselves together.
They are as a stray cat that my lovely wife and I have invited into our home, she wants to be inside because there is food and safety, warmth and comfort, attention and love, but she is a stray cat at heart, and so at times she still wants to go back outside. Yet when the weather turns, she is at the door expecting to be let back in.
I ask you this, if you were unable to no longer attend your church, if there was no such thing as an internet connection so you could meet together over the air waves so to speak, how would you not forsake that assembling together? We do not just like to think we are important, we need to, there is more of an emotional context for most than an intellectual security in Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
The person that envisions themself as important can only do so in an emotional context, when he employs the intellectual side of his mind, it becomes quite clear that out of nearly eight billion people on the planet at this time, he is not as needed as he might like to think.
Now you must ask yourself this question, are you important to God? Can He perform His will without you, are you easily replaceable? “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” (Matt. 23:11)
Here is the catch, if you will, once that person who becomes the servant of all becomes the greatest of them all, he begins to see even less value in his own life and sees the only purpose in that life in service to Christ. His own importance begins to diminish exponentially in the light of the Sovereignty of Almighty God. You my friends are not essential to the well being of any other individual on this planet, if those that are a part of your life also serve a Risen Savior, their hope is not in you, it is in Christ, their lives do not depend upon you, but on the Lord Jesus. Nothing that you have ever done, thought or accomplished in your life that was not done for the glory of God will last, and has been no more than wood, hay and stubble, and even those things that were done for the glory of the Most High were not done by you solely and in your own free will, but by the power of the Holy Spirit of God working through one of His chosen vessels.
One of the most difficult things for those who have been crucified with Christ to comprehend is that we are not needed, yet we are still loved.