Surely the lowborn are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie. If weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. Psalm 62:9 NIV
Who is the most “important” person that you have ever met? My daughter Melody has a knack for running into popular people and getting a picture. While at the Birmingham Airport we crossed paths with Scotty Pippen (Michael Jordan’s cohort in Basketball). He was very gracious and let her take a picture with him. At another time, she and Pam talked with Chuck Norris and Melody once again got her picture with him, while mom talked homeschooling with his wife.
King David is taking a moment to put his life back into perspective. He had lived both sides of the fence of “importance.” His family origin from his perspective was “lowborn”. He had lived a life of defeating a giant, leading armies into victory, following God faithfully- for the most part, and reigning as King. His evaluation? Rich or poor count for nothing, they both end weightless.
So what is the value of perspective, especially when it looks like you end up seeing it as meaningless? Jesus said the most important thing at the end of it all is whether God knows you as one of His own. He did not say that you are evaluated if you knew who God was, but rather does He know you. This is really the standard that matters for all people, low born or high born. God gets to establish the guidelines for Him to know us and He makes no exceptions. That relationship of being a King’s kid will last for eternity.
The second perspective that Jesus used as a standard for his own life, was his faithfulness to pour his life into others. He had sufficiently and effectively trained the disciples that God had entrusted to him. Solomon’s vanity of vanities was his inability to pass the wisdom that God had given to another person. Alternatively, Jesus had succeeded in pouring all of his love into other men who would do the same also.
Don’t miss the importance of this second perspective. Someone needs you. God has gifted you to share your life’s wisdom and experience with them. The quantity of individuals you are helping is not what makes you important. Rather, are you faithful to steward those who God has placed into your life? Who are your Timothys? You will be gone soon in reference to the length of eternity, who are you impacting for Christ that will endure through the ages?
Our life matters because of God. His glory is the weightiness of holiness that never loses its value. It is His grace for us to know Him and to be known by Him.
Blessings Love y’all