I believe one of the great longings deep within the souls of humankind is to be significant. Everyone — even U.S. presidents have placed a considerable premium on leaving their mark — their legacy. Everyone wants to think they are substantial - that their lives have been, and are counting on something.
But most people today seek to find such worth and significance in their work, their community standing, their talents, their accumulation of toys, or in being famous or well known. To live a life without notoriety is to be insignificant, they think.
Something believers come to realize is, our significance is relinquished in Christ. It is Christ’s significance in us that matters. The great Apostle Paul, who is the biblical standard in evangelism and church planting, said, “. .I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” In Philippians 3:8 He also said, “I am crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. . .” Galatians 2:20.
There is a brief, virtually ignored and overlooked statement in the annals of history regarding a man by the name of Mr. Edward Kimball. He taught a small group of young men in a Sunday school class in the Mount Vernon Church of Boston, Mass. in the mid-1800s. Kimball made it his practice to visit each young man at their place of work during the week. He walked up to one of those young men who was employed in a shoe store. The boy was wrapping shoes in a back room to place on shelves. The Sunday school teacher put his hand on the young man’s shoulder and simply told him of Christ’s love and all Christ wanted was his love in return. Kimball felt that his plea was weak, yet as a result of that encounter, the young man gave his heart to Christ.
His name was Dwight L. Moody, who later rocked five continents with the gospel, and personally LED over 1,000,000 people to Christ.
While Edward Kimball may not have achieved acclaim in history, I would say he was a significant player in the work of evangelism.
You, too, may spend a lot of your hours secluded in a back room doing what you deem to be menial tasks and feeling insignificant. But only eternity will reveal what kind of mark you’ve left on this earth through your influence. David said, “. .I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Job 10:11 says, “You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews” (tendons)
God’s meticulous molding and shaping of you was far too tedious and intricate for Him to fail to create significance in you.