One of the remarkable themes in the Bible is the concern of God for the small and helpless. Most of us want to be important in life. Often, we will go to bed at night thinking about our day and wondering, "does my life really matter? Does anyone beyond my family even know I'm here?" Those are depressing thoughts, to be sure, and my goal here is not to bring you down. Yet the desire for significance is such a common thread in humanity that few, if any, do not occasionally have such thoughts.
Now there are a variety of ways we can search for significance. Let me give you three ways:
(1) We can pursue the almighty dollar. Yes, the dollar seems to be getting weaker all the time, but we can pursue more of them to stuff in our pockets. In the days of Jesus many believed that riches were a sign of God's blessing, and of course, such a view could be justified based upon the blessings passage of Deuteronomy 28. Nevertheless, Jesus gives us a very different paradigm when he says in the Sermon on the Mount, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth . . . ."
(2) We can pursue glorious fame. I call it glorious because it is all about our own glory. In an amazing turnabout in human history, in part because of the internet and reality television, we now can be famous for being famous. Why do something significant when we can just be significant? Yet our glory is an empty glory - too bad for Kim Kardashian.
(3) We can pursue powerful intellectual abilities. The great thing about knowledge is that it can make you feel important even when no one is noticing. You can become critical of others and your significance can be based upon putting others beneath you in your own mind. Furthermore, if you want, you can make your knowledge public and begin to impress many. Yet God's not impressed. He doesn't need you to be smart. He has plenty of brain power to go around.
Hmm . . . seems like all these pursuits have problems. Why? Because God does not think as we think. He is into the small and helpless. He reminds us that the greatest in the Kingdom of God is the one who serves. He tells us that Mary - young, poor, innocent and humble - will be most blessed among women. He tells us, "let the little children come unto me."
Let's face it: those little children in Connecticut? Expect to see them in God's Kingdom reigning with the King. He decided a long time ago to make the small, poor, innocent and humble are the most significant of all, and who knows? You may be one of them after all.
Blessings upon blessings,