Even as you read the title to this blog you know where I’m going, and it’s possible that a picture of someone you know is now in your mind. You know the co-worker who brags to others that they can demand a raise because they are irreplaceable. The boss, the job, maybe even the whole company would go down the tubes without them.
We spent the weekend on a mini-vacation and didn’t get back until time for our Family Night Sunday night. When I asked about how the services went, I found out that we had a really good attendance, and someone even jokingly said, “I feel bad for Lance”, because there were more people than normal. Of course we had a really good attendance day last week as well…… wait a minute that’s right, I didn’t preach last week either. How much more can my poor bruised ego take? I’m joking of course.
The truth is that not for one minute do I think that I am irreplaceable, but I want to be. If you’re honest you also know that you want to feel irreplaceable as well sometimes. We want to be needed, loved, appreciated, and missed when we’re gone. While we want others to succeed and especially when we are talking about the Kingdom of God, the most important thing is that God is glorified, it’s still nice to know that you’re needed right?
Here’s the secret – TSCC is an amazing place where I’m praised, applauded, commended, and appreciated on a daily basis but my irreplaceableness (I know that’s not a word) needs to come from God and even then it’s not based on what I’m doing, it’s based on who I am. Someone else could easily take my place in the work of God, but nobody can take my place in God’s eyes. There is only one me and He wants me to be with Him so bad that He sacrificed His only Son so that I could be with Him forever.Yep – I’m irreplaceable in God’s eyes. My value doesn’t come from my service, my preaching, my talents, or abilities; it comes from being loved by the very one who created me. He is my life, my fullness, my all in all, and while I’ve never ever served in a place where I’m appreciated as much as TSCC (and keep loving me despite my failures please) J my value is from having Christ make His home in my heart. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%203:14-21&version=NLT
Please follow this link and read an amazing passage of Scripture in the NLT and know that my prayer echoes Paul’s when I think of you, and you coming to terms with the fact that down here you are replaceable but with God your value has no end.