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The Insignificant and Significant Man

posted 17.07.2013

Since time memorial, man had always gazed up into the heavens and wondered about how small he is compared to the vastness of the universe.

About the vastness of space, he said:

“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?” (Psalms 8:3,4 NIV)

About the "eternal length" of time, he had also asked,

“Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah” (Psalm 39:5, NASB)

An insignificant dot in the whole universe. A mere breath in the span of time.

The discoveries of modern science and history studies have made this awareness even more acute.

These two realizations can be a great leveler. If you think you are a highly successful person contributing in significant ways to the world we live in, this time-space awareness sets you in your place. If you feel you are an abject failure (e.g. born a dependent due to some disability), contributing little but trouble to others, you can feel hopeful that your broken life is a small part of something infinitely larger.

What then indeed is the meaning of life?

The Christian, informed by the ancient Word and God’s revelation of truth is told that there is a God who loves him. This love and sense of belonging bring a deep and lasting meaning to his existence. We see the vastness of time-space, and see a Creator God who loves us and make an insignificant .

Like the Psalmist in Psalm 8, he looks up and praise Him for His creation (v 2). And as he looks “down” at the world (v 6,7), and remembered that this Creator has made him a responsible steward over the temporal.

I think nothing embodies this truth better than a parent looking down at his embraced child. A mere breath he may be, small and fragile. The love the parent has for him makes his life infinitely significant.

God loves you. Think deeper about this. Share this truth with someone else. Give someone an opportunity to explore the meaning of life.

**You can also listen to the sermon "The Insignificant & Significant Man"  by the Vicar here
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