Ever stop to wonder what part you get to play in history? I mean, so far, in Embracing Obscurity, we have seen that with so many millions of people on Earth and throughout history, 99% of us will have no great legacy, no great historic impact, no memorials built in our honor. Yet still we pursue that lead role. We will covet it, plan it, manipulate to get to it, deny our own beliefs for it. As our anonymous author points out:
How can we possibly love God or love others from a pure heart while we’re chasing after frivolities to confirm our value?
Anonymous (2012-09-20). Embracing Obscurity: Becoming Nothing in Light of God’s Everything (p. 66). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
What frivolities do I pursue? Best Mom of the Year? Best Wife? Even things that aren’t so bad like being a good friend or a good Christian. The problem with them all is that I’m asking those roles to define my value, when really my value comes from God creating me, redeeming me, and preparing good works for me to walk in (Eph 2:10). It’s the motive that corrupts. And when those parts to play get lost or denied, it’s only then do we realize we were bowing to an idol. God calls us to something greater, higher:
There’s a difference between feeling significant or desired because you are needed or because someone wants you to do something for them (to fill up their lacking), and being significant and desired by someone simply because He delights in you. You— not what you can do for Him. This is significance without strings: Value that’s not contingent on what you do or accomplish but entirely dependent on what He has done in creating you, redeeming you, calling you, and leading you.
Anonymous (2012-09-20). Embracing Obscurity: Becoming Nothing in Light of God’s Everything (p. 69). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
When I hold on to that truth…no great role in history matters. Whether I’m off stage, center stage or on the lighting crew…all of it is for Him. And He holds eternity.