Monday, July 18, 2011

How Big He is, How Small I am

We're in the midst of a series looking at pride and humility. This week's message will focus on Jesus' humility, and how He demonstrated this humbleness. This got me to thinking about how all of us instinctively place "self" at the center of our lives and erroneously live, at least at the sub-consicence level, believing that it's all about us. Consider for a moment...

  • The Milky Way Galaxy contains between 200 and 400 billion stars. That's 200,000,000,000 stars.
  • The Andromeda Galaxy is one of the closest galaxies to our own Milky Way...it is only 15,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles away.
  • There is an estimated 100 billion galaxies in the universe. Each galaxy contains between 10 million and 1 trillion stars. That means that a safe estimate gives us 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in the universe...and any one of those stars could have a planet or two (or 9) orbiting around it.
  • To point, there have recently been about 350 planets found in our own milky way galaxy. Now let's just say there's another 200 planets in all those other galaxies out there (1 of the 100 billion). 350 x 100 billion = a very large number! And that's just what we've found so far.
  • How big is the universe? Nobody knows for sure, but estimates put it at about 90 billion light years in diameter. One light year = 6 trillion miles (approximately). Let me say that again. 1 light year = 5,878,625,373,183 miles, and the universe is estimated at 90,000,000,000 light years in diameter.
  • Oh - and we know that the universe is constantly expanding at a rate of approximately 50 miles per second. That means in the next 24 hours, the universe will have expanded about 4.3 million miles.

So let me ask you a question; does it make sense to think we know more about our lives than the God who made this universe? I mean, in comparison to how big, how awesome, how utterly incomprehensible He is, we are nothing. We are a speck. We are like a grain of sand that you blow away. We are a fog that appears in the morning, and by afternoon is long gone.

Now consider this; "For God so loved  ___________ [insert your name here], that He gave His one and only Son..."

This God; awesome, huge, gigantic God, who creates from nothing, chose to create YOU and ME in HIS IMAGE. Stop. Let it sink in. Even though we are but a speck, He knows you.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well. (Psalm 139:13-14)


As I write this, I am overwhelmed with the love of God for us...for me. Every hair on my head is numbered, every day I live has been written down by Him, planned, thought out. Every cell in my body, every gift I have, everything I am is because of Him. I am a product of His creation, His thought, His creativity. Whenever I open my mouth to speak to Him, He hears. Whenever I repent of sin and turn to Him, He rejoices. Whenever I do something in His name, He smiles. He knows me...and He knows you.

"So what can I give, what can I do, but offer this heart Oh God, completely to you."

That is the refrain of a popular worship song we have just taught at our church and the reason I love it so much is because in that one line, it sums up my response. I can't do anything or give anything that would ever be enough, but I can give the 1 thing that God most desires from me; my heart...to Him, completely, totally, surrendered.

He is Worthy.

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