Fear of Insignificance
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Psalm 8:1–8:9
Fear of Insignificance
"Why does everything I do feel so ordinary?" "Does my life count for anything?" "Do I really matter?"… While the fear of death asks, "What if I die?", the fear of insignificance wonders, "What if I never really lived?"
Fighting the Fear #1
(1) Worshipping God: Recognizing God for who He truly is and then understanding who we are to Him in light of that. God matters most and we matter to Him.
Psalm 8:1-9 NIV
lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Fighting the Fear #2
(2) Serving God: Carrying out the unique life assignment that He’s given to each one of us. Faithfulness not competition is the measure of success.
Matthew 25:14-23 NIV
"Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. "After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.' "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!' "The man with two bags of gold also came. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.' "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!'
Serving God Lessons
(1) The Lesson of Resources: We’re not entrusted with the same things so stop comparing yourself with others as a way to measure your significance. (2) God ultimately rewards our faithfulness in serving Him, but He doesn’t do it right away, so hang in there.