Do you worry about being “relevant”? Not long ago, I though that only viewpoints, issues, cases, or statements were sometimes considered irrelevant. But things just keep changing, even language and the use of words. These days you hear expressions like, “He’s irrelevant”, “She’s irrelevant”. And that is usually a mark of disrespect, perhaps, deep disrespect. It used to be for a milder comment like “ignore him” or “just ignore him”. People generally hate to be ignored, and actually should not be, but that’s what we do when we want to disrespect (them or their views) or show them that we are superior. On the other hand, people scheme, undercut, jump the gun, replay or overplay issues just to get noticed, relevant, or win human approvals. That’s what most, if not all political aspirants do, for example.
But such should not the attitude of people of faith, those who trust in God for their promotion, approval, acknowledgement, and relevance, while they use every opportunity to serve him faithfully and diligently with their measure of ability, not because they have no ambition or desire to excel or be promoted. God chooses a fulfilling role for them to humbly, diligently, and contentedly apply their God given talent. Otherwise, it is really a vicious world of competition out there. Hence, the jostling, the positioning, the scheming, the classifications, and often times the trampling and the treachery, even in the church. You wouldn’t want to be vulnerable and helpless little child in such a world, irrelevant? You can’t come up to the stage to play and nobody sees or hears you, or pats you on the back!
Oh no, but you don’t have to be loud to speak for God, or interrupt those with mic (or megaphone) for Him to hear you, or trample your way up to the stage for Him to see you. He saw the shepherd boy David in the field where he was “abandoned” with the sheep, and summoned him to the stage to become king. The dreamer boy Joseph was left for the dead and forced into slavery by his relevant big brothers, and he had become their savior and the prime minister of the great Egyptian empire. So, child of God, stop the undercutting, the scheming and maneuvering for self promotion and relevance! It is OK to be like little children. God still asks us, Christians today, “What with all this trampling in My court?” Isaiah 1:10-19. Here and in the next paragraph, it appears God has a different view of relevance, Isaiah 55:1-9, and we can align our way and thoughts with God’s. Titus 2:11-15.