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Are you OK with being “unknown and unimportant”?

Obscurity: The state of being unknown and unimportant.

Are you OK with being “unknown and unimportant”?

What emotions fill your heart when you hear that word?

And what emotions fill your heart when you think that you could go through life and ministry in utter obscurity?

We live in a day and age where being known is lusted after. Often it seems people are more concerned about building their “brand” instead of building character.

What if I told you that obscurity is actually a blessing?

Let me share with you three REASONS why I believe this.

1. We learn that God transforms us in obscurity.

Before David became King David, he was an obscure, nonimpressive looking shepherd boy caring for stinky sheep.

When David protected and killed the bear and lion with his slingshot while caring for his sheep, it was in obscurity. Yet, that “practice” in obscurity prepared him for the time he would protect God’s glory by slaying Goliath with his slingshot in a very public way.

Don’t despise obscurity, nor neglect the transformative work that Jesus does in your heart when no when is looking.

2. We learn to be faithful in obscurity.

It’s easy to do ministry when people are praising your name. But character and faithfulness are developed in obscurity. When you put your hand to the task for which the Lord has called and gifted you, and you do it with no fanfare, that’s faithfulness.

If God can’t trust you when no one is watching, then He can’t trust you when people are.

3. We learn to be humble in obscurity.

In obscurity, we learn be intoxicated only by the voice of Jesus and not the praise of people.

In obscurity, we learn to be satisfied with being nobodies, and our passion is that our lives become platforms through which the world can know the Great Somebody, Jesus.  

Derwin Gray Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church (, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community in Indian Land, South Carolina, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Transformation Church was recognized as one of the 15 fastest growing churches in America for 2010 by Outreach Magazine. Gray is the author of "Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future" and is a highly sought-after communicator. Connect with Derwin on twitter @Derwinlgray.

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  • Bubba Gump

    That is beautiful. Don’t know who u are, so good job with obscurity. Great article.

    • Derwin L. Gray

      Thank you!

  • Roy Kerr

    Blessed beyond words with this word after Forty years in the Ministry.

    • Derwin L. Gray

      Praise God!

  • Darron

    Thank you Derwin for sharing. The message is powerful and very apropos for the culture we’re living in. You’ve encouraged me today, thanks again!

    • Derwin L. Gray

      Thank you!

  • ronfurg

    Great article, Derwin. I’m looking forward to your presentation at Exponential LA. Happy to be obscure!

    • Derwin L. Gray

      Thank you! Please say hello at Expo West.

      • ronfurg

        I will indeed and am looking forward to it.

        • Derwin L. Gray



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