October 26, 2008
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-30
Most of us aren't famous.
Most of us aren't going to have our names recorded in the history books. That kind of realization can make us ask ourselves, "Am I important?"
Sir Michael Costa, the celebrated conductor, believed everyone is important in the part they play. One day he was conducting a gigantic rehearsal where the chorus was singing and hundreds of instruments provided the accompaniment.
In the midst of the music, the piccolo player stopped playing.
He was convinced his small instrument wouldn't be missed amid so much music.
Immediately the Maestro stopped and shouted, "Where is the piccolo?" The sound of that one small instrument was necessary to the harmony, and the conductor's ear had not missed it.
When you go to work, your boss might not know if you exist. When you go home, you may find yourself ignored. When you go shopping, you might just be another customer. The government may know you only by your Social Security number.
But God's wonderful ear is tuned to the music of your life. You are important to Him-important enough for Him to give His Son's life to buy your salvation.
You are important to the Father in heaven and He listens to the prayers and praises of your life.
Which is why, I encourage you, don't let Him down. Don't stop playing your part, no matter how small it might seem.
You can be sure the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sanctifier is listening to your life's music.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear God, I may only play a small part in this world, but I know, because of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection I am important to You. Help me to share with others the good news that they are important enough that You gave Your Son's life for their salvation. In the Savior's Name I ask it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries