Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Insignificant

(I was reviewing some posts again from 2008 and found some "words" that God had spoken to me.  And since it's kind of been a theme lately (here and in my journal), I though I'd repost this one.....)


Do you ever feel like God speaks a word to you? No like a long prophecy kind of word, but A WORD? Just one word. Well, the other day, I felt like He was speaking to me the word insignificant. I know. Not exactly something to jump up and shout about, right?

Let me back up a little bit.

My hearts cry for some time now has been "Empty me of me, Lord. Empty me of me so I can be filled with more of you." (This was in 2008 when the Chris Sligh song came out "Empty Me") "Less of me, more of You, Lord." Because you know, ME always gets in trouble. And I've had enough of ME.

So, as I began to meditate on my nice, exciting WORD from my Father, although I know what it means, I decided to check it out a little further anyway. Just in case I was missing something.

Insignificant - unimportant, small, of no consequence, lacking power or position, not worthy of notice, of minor status, a person without significance.

IS THAT YOU, LORD?

Yes.

But, Lord. (How many times have we said that?!) You want me to be....Insignificant?

Light bulb. In order for ME to let ME be replaced with HIM, ME has to become insignificant to ME. Ok, that didn't work too well. I'm confusing myself. Let's try again. Remember the song "It's not about ME. It's all about You, Lord." That's what I'm trying to say. It has to be all about Him. Not about my accomplishments, recognition, popularity, position, importance to people, other people's opinions of me. Not even about my feelings being hurt, not being included, or about being right or wrong. So what if no one even knows my name. It's not about me.

When we are willing to become insignificant in our own eyes and the world's eyes, then we will find our significance in Him.

1 Peter 5:5b says "All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

So the word "humility" in this passage means "having an humble opinion of oneself, a deep sense of one's littleness, lowliness of mind....." Sounds familiar.

I need God's grace, not His opposition.

Help me, God, to be insignificant to my own self, in my own eyes, so that I can find my significance in You. Help me to clothe myself with humility. Help me to not care about what other people think of me. Let me not put importance on my own accomplishments or what I can do in my own strength. Without You, I am nothing. Let me do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit (Phil. 2:3). Let me not trust in the stability of earthly things or in my own power and resources. Teach me to trust in You. Your resources and your power are far greater than mine! Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life! (Prov. 22:4) And with humility comes wisdom (Prov. 11:2). I choose to clothe myself with humility. It's not about me, Lord. It's about You. Empty me of me, so I can be filled with You. Less of me. More of You, Lord.


XO
Shelly
(I would really love for someone to show me how to put a cool signature here! lol)

6 friends had this to say:

Barbie said...

What a wonderful post and so true. We must decrease so He can increase. Thank you for commenting on my blog. I hope you will visit often. I just had a look at your blog and you really spoke to me. I am your newest follower! Blessings!

********Shelly********* said...

Thank you, Barbie! It's great to meet you! Can't wait to read more of your blog :)

Stacy said...

Not surprisingly, your post once again mirrored issues tucked inside my own heart. How true it is...when we die to self and become in"sign"ificant, Christ is then able to write His "sign"ature (defined as any unique, distinguishing aspect, feature, or mark) upon our life...revealing to all our true identity!
Great Post!

Mel C said...

Beautiful post!! Something we all need to keep in mind!

starla said...

I really like this post...
I some walking to do here, sometimes still hearing the call of fear in my mind to bow to it and NOT HIM...Lord forgive

fallingintofavor said...

Your last paragraph, the prayer...just really speaking to me. God has been hitting me with the"insignificant" word lately. (Something told me not to click on this blog today!!!!)

I'm glad that you are led by God's spirit to post what you post, when you post.

I will be doing a link to this in the near future...!