Significant Insignificance

Before I begin tonight, I need to say that the title of this post is not original.  It comes from the video “Indescribable” by Louie Giglio, which is an absolutely incredible video.  If you haven’t watched it, go watch it. Now. Don’t wait.

I’ve been brought to my knees tonight.  A co-worker of my mom’s let us borrow this video, which is a journey through our known universe, and is just an incredible way to show the glory of God, and helps me realize how small I really am.  I’ve always been small.  I was a premature baby, and was tiny coming out, and I’ve never been the biggest guy.  My roommate this past year is, if I’m not mistaken, 6’4, and is a lot bigger than me.  I graduated with a guy that’s about 7’2, if not more.  I feel tiny next to these guys.  But when I think about how big the God of this universe is, I feel insignificant.  Not the insignificant, depressed, “i need comfort food” insignificant.  But insignificant to the point where I realize how absolutely stupid it is for me to think that I’m important in the grand scheme of things.  How dare I think that I’m important compared to God and His glory.

I like what Louie Giglio said in this video.  The universe is not just a habitat or a home for humans.  If this universe was just for us, we on Earth wouldn’t be the only ones out here.  All these planets, galaxies, stars, and creation everywhere screams that God is the Creator.  God is Holy.  God is Love.  God created the universe and Earth and all the other places in space to bring him glory.  Not to give us a big paycheck.  Not to make us feel important.  But to bring Him glory.  If He sounds selfish to you, well, He is.  God is a jealous God.  He is selfish.  But you know what? As Francis Chan put it, when you get your own universe, you get to make those decisions.  God is selfish because He is God.  He is all that is good.  And who are we?  Sick, disgusting, sinful human beings who often fail to recognize His presence.

But there’s good news.  God sees us.  He sees Earth, a tiny little speck in the universe.  He sees us, and we are but tiny little bits of dirt whose lives last but a flicker in eternity.  He sees our sins, our troubles, our shame, our joy, our very souls.  He knows us by name.  He knows everything about us.  Which should scare us.  It scares me.  Yet God goes even further.  He sees our sins and our sorrows, and He says “I love you. I love you enough that I sent my Son to die for you on a cross.”  Jesus humbled himself on a cross, coming down from glory, coming down from His perfect and righteous throne in Heaven to die…for….me. And you.  He was with God in the beginning, and He was, in fact, God himself in nature.  But in order to save us, He made himself a human, not considering equality with God something to seek, but seeking to serve, died for us.  And rose again.  And at the end of it all, even the Son will be put under God.

Jesus truly did pay it all.  When we look at what God has created, and what God has done, we see how small we are.  Then we realize how undeserving we are.  It knocks me off my feet.  God’s love is not something that can be defined.  We can’t put a picture to it.  It is beyond our imagination how much He truly loves us.  We can’t love like that.  We just can’t.  God loves us something fierce, guys and gals.  How dare we, as little humans, refuse Him worship, refuse Him obedience.  There is no excuse.  Creation, and the cross, screams that God is there, and that He loves us.  We think we’re busy? God’s running the universe, running Earth, hanging stars, shifting the planets as He pleases.  He’s probably had to console Pluto, after we told poor Pluto he wasn’t a planet anymore.  How dare we think that anything we have on our plate is bigger than God.  God is bigger than anything.  He’s bigger than depression, He’s bigger than debt….He’s bigger than cancer.  He is God.

He’s inviting us, as sinful as we are, and as small as we are, into a relationship with Him.  A relationship that won’t end.  A relationship that gives us power to overcome sin, to overcome the world, and, at the end of it all, to overcome death.  Sickness and death are weak compared to God Almighty.  He is more powerful than anything we can imagine, and He loves us.  He wants to help us overcome anything this world throws our way.  Jesus made that possible, because He lived the human life, and is able to help us and sustain us.  And when it’s all said and done, we will spend eternity with the Creator.  All we have to do is believe and realize that He is God, that He is Lord.  And come into His love.  This relationship with God shouldn’t be on our to-do list.  It should be our life.  Because when we step into a relationship with Christ and His Father, we experience a joy and peace that is truly indescribable.

As this is probably my last post before heading to Virginia, I just want to ask for prayer.  I pray that God will move in Virginia.  That my life, the worker’s lives, the kid’s lives, would be changed.  I pray that God would challenge me in a way unknown to me.  That God would help me to grow closer to Him in love, faith, and service.  It’s going to be amazing to see what God is doing in Virginia.  I am absolutely excited to see what God has planned this summer.  Thank you for your prayer, and feel free to email me at rembry@forum.montevallo.edu if you have any questions, prayer requests, or anything else.

Remember who God is.  Remember who it is that we worship.  We need to step back and realize how huge and powerful He is.  We truly serve and praise an awesome God.

God bless,

Neal

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