I've never met many Christians who want to make no impact whatsoever in the world. However, I've met many they fear they've made too little impact... I'm one of them. Flying into an extremely large metropolitan center yesterday was sobering. This airport was so great in its expanse that you had to travel across what seemed like two villages to get to the rental car facility. Truth be told, I felt like an ant in the middle of it all. Small. Insignificant.
Proverbs 30:24-28 NIV "Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: (25) Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer; (26) coneys are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags; (27) locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks; (28) a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings' palaces.
Small doesn't necessarily mean insignificant. Ants can store up their food wisely, coneys pry open crags in boulders and make their home there. Locusts create mighty armies and lizards can be found in the homes of high-ranking officials.
You. You can be wise. You can carve out openings in rocks. You can create a mighty army. You can find yourself in places of influence. You. With the Lord, nothing will be impossible for you. That's great news! Do you know this? Do you anticipate this for your life? Do you pray to the Lord to have this kind of subversive influence in the world?
Not only are we promised that wisely-acting, small creatures can make a huge impact, we are also commended by our Lord to do so with His resources that create incredible possibilities.
Matthew 25:20-21 NIV The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.' (21) "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
These verses are not unfamiliar to most. However, one thing that is common to most believers is that their contribution to the Kingdom makes no difference whatsoever. Now, if you're sitting on the resources God gives you, then, by all means, get up and get to work in the Kingdom! I'm not saying "everyone gets a gold star just because." Jesus doesn't indicate that. However, I know people who work tirelessly for the Lord, give their lives to His work, invest their lives in others and have sacrificed much for the Lord's service. They wonder, "what difference am I making?" One of the curses of the American economy and mindset is "chartable results." Not all results in the Kingdom are chartable. Sometimes the fruit of your labor will not prove true until after your death. Sometimes you will get to see the results. In the end, you must leave this in the hands of the Lord.
You have one responsibility... be faithful to His service as He is faith to you. Use what you've been given to the measure given to you. Don't waste time wondering... get to work for the Lord.
Be the ant... the coney... the locust... the lizard. Store up for the Lord ... break the enemy's rocks ... join the Lord's army ... find your way into places of influence. Use the 'talent.'
Brett Heintzman is passionate about the spiritual formation of God's people. These writings are designed to draw us close to God and to help us live out of the riches of His presence. It's all about being in the world but not of the world.