“You’re not average. You’re not mediocre. You are God’s biggest deal.”
– Joel Osteen in a recent tweet.
My brief thoughts in reply:
1. We all matter to God. But many of us are average. That’s okay. The God of the Bible often uses average and less-than-average people! Be encouraged by that fact. Gideon came from an unimportant family. Moses had a speech impediment. Amos lacked experience. Mary was an obscure teen girl in the middle east. Etc. I’m glad that God uses average people! Aren’t you?
2. We all matter to God. But to say I am God’s biggest deal? Ever hear of humility? Let’s not fan the flames of pride. The Bible is filled with warnings about an inflated view of self, and emphasizes that God is closest to the humble of heart.
Most people in the world do not become famous. We only know the names of a few individuals in Scripture and throughout history. Many of God’s servants have remained unknown, but God uses us even in average or obscure settings.
As an old Christian song says: “Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do…To the many duties ever near you now be true…Brighten the corner where you are!”
Or as another old Christian song says: “Little is much when God is in it.”
You matter to God, and can be used by Him right where you are, even that seemingly unimportant little place.
As a Christian, where is your hope of glory? Make sure you are not caught up in the wrong hope of glory. Your hope of glory is Christ.
Note: this post was updated in May 2017.