By Donna Hughey

The problems of the world appear enormous and overwhelming. With constant news of fighting, violence, brutality, chaos, disaster, and unrest, believers sometimes feel their lives can’t possibly make a difference in bringing about change.

And because our lives are very brief and the problems of the world so vast, it seems almost pointless or even foolish to think we could ever play a valuable role in the whole scheme of things.

Having that kind of mindset can defeat a believer before they even get started. By assuming we’re insignificant or that we can’t possibly have an impact on God’s plans for the world, we set ourselves up for failure. After all, it’s not like any of us are Moses, Mary, or Paul, right?

Wrong. God values our role in his kingdom just as highly as he valued the roles of Moses, Mary, and Paul. In fact, because God does not show favoritism, our contribution in advancing the kingdom of God is as relevant and as important to God today as any of his past chosen disciples (Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; James 2:1).

In other words, we are all a Moses; we are all a Mary; and we are all a Paul. Every believer — past and present — is connected and joined together through faith in Jesus Christ. We are all a part of the same church. Although we may not always realize it, our value in proclaiming the good news of salvation equals that of our biblical brothers and sisters.

For example, the book of Acts describes a world full of problems that included conflicts, persecution, and ever-changing political events. In fact, no one knew at the time whether or not the church would even continue to survive. Imagine how overwhelming things must have seemed; how insignificant and discouraged the early believers might have felt during all this turmoil.

And yet they continued proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. In spite of everything going on around them, they knew they were God’s messengers and they had value.

The same is true today. We are God’s messengers and we, too, have value. God has given each of us the task of teaching others about his love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. In this world of seemingly hopelessness, Jesus Christ offers true hope. It’s up to us to get that message across to a lost and broken people.

Listen to what the apostle Paul says: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV).

In other words, believers have a job to do. Even in this chaotic and messy world, we have a responsibility to speak God’s message.

So remember, we are significant and we do have value. But as always, God leaves it up to us to act on it.

Donna Hughey is an award-winning Christian author and columnist. She lives in Crescent City.