The Great Insignificance


It’s really funny that usually I go home from work; my kids would love to really show off. Joshua would immediately show me his work and tell me what he did in the school and tell me “I did this…that”. While the other little girl would show some stuff she did all day at the house while she baby-talks as if like she’d like to get my attention.   Sometimes I had to stop both of them as they sometime end up quarreling with each other. As adorable as it may seem but they express a certain level of our fallenness – to be significant… to be important in my eyes.

This is what we are, we want a more significant job, we want a more significant status, there’s just this hidden desire in our hearts of wanting to be somebody, deep inside, there’s that longing in us, a yearn to be somebody, a yearn to be someone else, a yearn to be great. In FB, you will find a lot of people vying themselves to be someone.

In Mark 10:43,45 …But whoever would be great among you must be your servant…For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many”. This must have been hard for the disciples, just imagine, for many years they’ve been under the rule of Rome, and all their life they’ve been longing to be free, to be a great nation again and yet here’s their Messiah saying, the path in which you will earn this status of greatness, is to make yourselves a servant, a status of being insignificant… to make ourselves unimportant because he didn’t lift himself up but he came here not to be served but to serve and gave himself up as a ransom for our sins. He made himself insignificant. It is loving like no other.

It is important as workers of Christ; our hearts should be attuned to this. Otherwise you will be on a direction of self-seeking position and attention in the church, you will seek praise, you will care whether you are being pleased or not, you will seek tap in the back, and if that doesn’t happen, you will feel you are being neglected, you will feel not cared by the church or the Elders and you will feel not belonged. But he made himself Insignificant so we can be called what significant in his kingdom.

The message of the cross is a message for those who follow him to seek themselves to be insignificant.  Our unpopular calling is to make ourselves insignificant. The path to being greatness is to make ourselves unimportant. My prayer is for all of us to see the Great Significance of being Insignificant, because He came not to be served but to serve.


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