How important is one person to the success of a local church? It’s been said almost all the greatest successes in life are achieved by miniscule margins. For example, the fastest runner in the world is no more than a few fractions of a second ahead of the other competitors. According to George McMillan, a university swimming coach, the fastest swimmer is only separated from the others by a few short inches.
A “drop in the bucket” may not sound like much. However, it may be very great in the result it produces. Small pieces of adhesive tape, which somehow disappeared from their proper position, caused a delay in the orbiting of a very expensive satellite. Every single piece of stone in a mosaic is indispensable. One little wire doesn’t appear important. But when it’s disconnected, your car can’t go anywhere. Look at the peacock’s tail and remember the tiny bit of matter within the egg from which that peacock grew. A tiny screw on the wing of an airplane may save a crash. A faulty switch repaired may prevent a fire.
Little things are extremely important. Not because of what they are in and of themselves. Rather, because they are a part of something that depends heavily upon them for success. We may occasionally feel we are but one small speck on this planet, without worth or value. We may falsely suppose we can make little or no contribution to the world, others and God. BUT THAT’S WRONG. Every person, whether single or married, young or old, rich or poor, weak or strong, is absolutely and extremely important.
The Bible reminds us JESUS died for the world and rose from the grave. But did you know if that “world” had been just one person, and that one person was you, JESUS still would have died, because you are that important to Him? You are.
Every single person is important to God, to Jesus, to the world and to your church. Please don’t ever underestimate your importance to those around you or the God above you. God placed you on this earth for a purpose, led you to your church for a purpose, and that purpose is extremely important.
If the church is to accomplish all God has called her to do, it will take your help. You are extremely important. Your prayers are important. Your participation is important. Your gifts and abilities are important. Your faithfulness is important. Everything you are and everything you do is extremely important.
So next time you’re thinking about skipping a service or bowing out from helping in some ministry or activity, think again. Next time the devil tries to convince you what you have to offer, or what you do, is no big deal … next time you start to believe what you can contribute is only some insignificant, small thing … remember: SMALL THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE!
© 2016. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.