What If You Weren’t Important?
March 7, 2012
The tough question to grapple with is would you? I mean if believing in Christ would cost you your importance, would you follow Him? If it would shame you amongst your friends, would you follow Him all the same? If it meant you could no longer be an expert judge in your field of influence, would you follow Him? And the big one, if Jesus loved your enemies, would you still side with Jesus? And this speaks nothing of the financial problems following Christ would entail. – Donald Miller
Who doesn’t like to feel important? I’m not talking about being famous. I’m not asking the question “Who wouldn’t like to be world renown?” I’m not even asking the question “Who doesn’t like to be the center of attention?”
I’m asking who doesn’t like to be important?
That’s why we get up in the morning isn’t it? We have the motivation to go about our daily routines because deep down we have convinced ourselves that what we do matters. And that is a good thing. It does!
We play a part in this huge crazy mess called life and that gives us importance.
It could be a number of different things. Parents get motivated because they have children to take care of. They are making a difference in their children’s lives. If someone doesn’t do the job we do in the office something will not get completed as it should. Friends need us. Whatever it is, there is something that makes us feel important.
But just imagine for one moment that the thing that makes you important no longer did. Say that a certain friend no longer needed you to bounce ideas off of, or you are no longer the go to guy at work. Think about when your kids move out, or a new discovery is made and suddenly your field of expertise is no longer valued.
Now think about the reasons you follow Jesus. Are the two connected? Is the only reason you continue to get up and follow after Jesus really because you have something in your life that makes it feel worth it? If those one or two things were taken from you would you keep following Him?
I bring this up because it is some pretty radical stuff that Jesus calls us to. I am supposed to be a completely different person once Jesus comes into my life. Think about these verses.
Philippians 4:10-11: But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
Luke 9:23-24: And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Paul doesn’t say that he is content in good circumstances. He does not say that when he is feeling validated or when everything is going his way that he is content. In 1 Thessalonians Paul does not write to rejoice for the good stuff. He does not say that when your enemy gets good things that you curse God and then when God blesses you that you bring glory to His name.
Jesus is not saying to focus on ourselves and make sure we have the best life possible.
In good and in bad, we follow Jesus. Even when we do not understand the world around us, we pick up that cross and keep trudging along.
See God did not call us to do big important and flashing things. God called us to be followers of Jesus. He called us to give over our entire lives to Him. He called us to something better than importance.
So, even if everything was stripped away from you, would you still follow Him?