An "Insignificant" Speck

Our Culture

We live in a culture that is obsessed with attention, fame, and significance. This becomes all the more obvious when one peruses the tabloid magazines stands, watches the entertainment sections of the nightly news, or considers the recent explosion of outlets on the internet for the sharing of personal information and self-created videos. People want to be noticed by others, sometimes at terrible cost.

Some have wondered why this phenomenon (which is nothing new under the sun to be sure) has become such a prevalent norm of our modern society. Different suggestions have been brought forth, but probably the most likely cause is one that will never been mentioned in the mainstream: we are taught to believe we are insignificant.

Humanism and Naturalism

With the advent of naturalism and modern humanism, mankind delighted in his own wisdom by “refuting” the miraculous and supernatural through dubious science. The theory of evolution postulates the concept that man is merely a great “accident” of time. Given enough time, the universe could produce anything – thus devaluing the unique beauty and God-breathed intellect of the human being. Many cosmologists explain that our world is but a infinitesimally small (and unimportant) part of a much greater whole. No wonder when man looks to the heavens and considers himself, he thinks that he is but an insignificant little speck among billions of others. He stands on a world near a star among countless billions, in a galaxy among countless billions. How significant can he truly be?

We Matter to God

The truth is that each and every one of us is significant to the One that truly matters: we are all significant to God. We are significant enough for Him to provide us with His own great insight and wisdom pertaining to life and godliness through His Word (2 Pet. 1:3). We are significant enough for Him to provide us this great and wondrous creation to be our temporal home and placed it under our care (Gen. 1:27-31). We are significant enough for Him to take an active interest in our own lives, becoming a source of comfort for our pain and hardship (2 Cor. 1:3, 4). But most important of all, we are significant enough for Him to sacrifice that which was most dear to Him: His own Son. (John 3:16; Gal. 2:20). Would God give up His Son to die for an “insignificant” speck? He would not. Why are we so significant to God? Because He created us and He loves us. How significant then, is God to us?

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