Each of us have a calling on our lives – some purpose that we are here for. I would always argue that we are here to serve someone other than ourselves. Our mission should be greater than us. In just about everything I set out to do, I try to make sure I am not being 100% self-centered. It’s difficult. But it keeps me grounded. Have you ever considered that someone’s life mission is to accomplish something just for you? That may sound weird – selfish even – to think that someone else’s life is a sacrifice for your own good. But I was reading Matthew 18:10-14 this week where it says,
See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
This spoke to me as I have been embarking upon social justice work and even as I have been relaunching my business. Sometimes it is discouraging because you have a huge vision and larger than life goals you want to accomplish. If you’re really passionate, you want to help everybody. But many times only a few will come along in the beginning – if at all. You will spend lots of days and sleepless nights planning, working and praying. Encouraging yourself or beating your drum so that someone – maybe just ONE will hear it. And it is tiresome.
But I am encouraged at the thought that there is ONE person who may need me. One person may need my encouragement, my service, my sacrifice. This is what keeps me going day to day. I approach my work and my volunteerism with this attitude. And just think, there is someone else who is doing it just for me too. I am encouraged to think this way because just as I would hate for my life’s offering to be in vain, I want to make sure I am not taking someone else’s for granted either.
In our focus verse, Jesus said “do not despise one of these little ones.” This reminds me of the admonishment in Zechariah 4 that whomever has despised the day of small beginnings will eventually rejoice at the manifestation of their hope. Someone is out here working hard just for you. I believe God places missions on our heart, whether in the marketplace, in ministry, or everyday life that are specially designed just to reach his children. Everything has a purpose. If you realized just how much God loved you, you wouldn’t count it as too much to believe that He is orchestrating someone else’s plans just for you.
It is amazing to me how motivated I am by other people that I don’t even know. Some people work hard for their families or perhaps for their own vain ambitions. But those of us with a service mentality see a need to help others. Each of us has a need. And somewhere, someone’s heart is tugged to meet that need. Isn’t that amazing? Its simple, but it shows how highly God thinks of us. Let me encourage you. If you are in a place similar to me, where you are working hard and passionate about bringing about change but seeing very little results or motion (at least not the results you dream of) keep moving anyway. Someone is blessed by you. Regardless of if the ninety-nine notice you, do it for the ONE.
Finally, keep in mind that just as you pour out your gift for someone else’s need, your need will be met through the law of sowing and reaping. So inevitably, what you are doing for someone else will be serving you too! Look at God!