Have you ever felt like you don’t matter? Maybe someone said something that made you feel worthless. Perhaps you don’t see how you could ever do anything great, you’re too dumb, untalented, or unpopular. No one wants to listen to you. I think we’ve all had seasons where we felt forgotten and lonely. Maybe even wondered, “why do I exist?”
I remember a time in my life when I really wanted to be friends with a specific group of people. They really were the good Christian friends I’d always wanted. They were kind, friendly, outgoing and genuinely cared about people. Yet, I couldn’t seem to break into the group. I always felt like I was on the outside looking in.
At one point, one of my really good friends was starting to become really close to that group. I thought, “This is it! My friendship with him is going to help me get in the group for real.” And then one day my friend let me know that he would be spending less time with me so he could spend more time with them. I’m sure those weren’t his exact words, but the message was clear. I wasn’t invited.
I felt a bit lost. It felt so important for me to be included, yet to them I didn’t seem to matter. If you feel that way, I want you to know you’re not alone. As we begin the final five days of our ONE series I want you to know that God created you for a reason and He went through incredible lengths to show proof that you matter and have a purpose! There may be people in your life who make you feel like you don’t matter, but Jesus loves to use the ones who don’t matter.
THINK ABOUT THIS:
- What are some specific words, or situations, that made you feel like you didn’t matter?
- Think about the fact that God CHOSE to create YOU. Remind yourself, that God enjoys spending time with you.
PRAY: Lord, when I feel like I don’t matter, help me to remember that my value comes from YOU.
2 Peter 2:9-10 (MSG) But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.
Psalm 138:1-8 (TPT)
I thank you, Lord, and with all the passion of my heart
I worship you in the presence of angels![a]
Heaven’s mighty ones will hear my voice
as I sing my loving praise to you.
2 I bow down before your divine presence
and bring you my deepest worship
as I experience your tender love and your living truth.
For the promises of your word and the fame of your name
have been magnified above all else!
3 At the very moment I called out to you, you answered me!
You strengthened me deep within my soul
and breathed fresh courage into me.
4 One day all the kings of the earth
will rise to give you thanks when they hear the living words
that I have heard you speak.
5 They too will sing of your wonderful ways,
for your ineffable glory is great!
6 For though you are lofty and exalted,
you stoop to embrace the lowly.
Yet you keep your distance from those filled with pride.
7 By your mighty power I can walk through any devastation
and you will keep me alive, reviving me.
Your power set me free from the hatred of my enemies.
8 You keep every promise you’ve ever made to me!
Since your love for me is constant and endless,
I ask you, Lord, to finish every good thing that you’ve begun in me!
Romans 8:26-39 (NLT) And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers[a] in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together[b] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn[c] among many brothers and sisters.30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[d]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[e] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.