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Am I Significant? ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: August 19th, 2016   Category: Christ Follower, Faith, Hope, Inspirational, Love

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Everybody wants to feel significant. In some way, by some measure. Without God, we will simply press ourselves into a chosen or defaulted life. A life of our choices. If, given our choices, we think we are failing in one arena, we’ll usually step up our game in some other arena(s). Work, play, learning, competitions, relationships, they all offer us the opportunity to achieve some desired level of earthly significance. We want our lives to somehow matter, to others. Here’s the thing, everyone, in fact everything has great significance to God. “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31 NIV. Yet by our own measures, simply being one of everyone isn’t rewarding enough. It doesn’t seem to offer us the uniquely desired significance which we have hoped for or dreamed about. Being worth more than two sparrows certainly falls well below our own desired level of significance. BUT Jesus wasn’t really talking about the earthly value of two birds in Matthew 10:29-31, He was teaching about the PERFECTLY FOCUSED and yet very personal interests of God, who keeps those sparrows aloft, pursuing their assigned purpose. Jesus was talking about God’s perfect thoughts & plans for each and every one of us. He was leading us toward significance.

Devoting our lives to just pursuing God isn’t our prescribed purpose either. Knowing God is, because that ultimately leads us to our necessary awareness of purpose. If we were to have saved one life, we would probably feel significant right? If we baked a great cake, that might not carry much of any significance into the next week of our lives? But then again it might if that cake were to be served to someone who was starving or who had never experienced any type of delicious food before or might never be able to again. Then it might somehow be life altering. Our problem with significance lies within our human measures, within our definition of significance itself. Our significance requires intentionality. I have saved lives, intentionally, yet I meet people every day and based upon their reactions or lack thereof, I feel very often, sometimes even totally insignificant. This is because our personal stories must develop out by always being focused forward, not backwards. Let me explain that.

When I cross a path with someone whom God has intentionally placed in mine, everything is different. My significance is potentially, even exponentially if not divinely magnified. Of course I must first recognize the arrangement which God had orchestrated and be able to help Him execute His greater purpose through my actions. Even with this, I’m probably not going to be able to determine the full significance which God has assigned to that encounter. God sometimes arranges for some earthly feedback for us, but more often than not, He just keeps moving forward. Moving forward carries even more significance, in His plan for our lives. Prayer occasionally reveals what we are missing in the area of Godly significance as it pertains to the roles we were created to play. This is essentially a factor I’ll call eternal significance. God wrote the big picture and everyone who wants one can have a part in this incredible picture. God does this occasional revealing to let us know that He’s paying close attention, all the time. Then, there-after, we are simply pursuing a common objective, hoping for the same desired outcomes. Intuitively and intentionally we know we are working together, but figuratively, we are mostly operating out of faith. Earthly significance can’t really even be measured on the same scale as eternal significance. Earthly significance is a metaphoric drop of rain in the ocean, while eternal significance adds brilliance to a temporarily darkened galaxy. ““As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 NIV. We each carry with us the potential for immense significance, which can only be activated and/or revealed to us by God. So yes, we must pursue God, but more importantly we must pursue God’s loving purpose for us in everything that we do. With everyone whom we encounter. Achieving God’s purpose offers an eternal rush, even when we miss the significance entirely, in this life. Saving a life matters much, much more, if that saved life also fulfills God’s plan. That however is not always for us to know, we must trust in God’s guidance and keep moving forward. Working with God assures an eternal outcome. You are very special. Your story is significant if God has guided you along the way. Now use that specialness by walking forward, hand in hand with God and add a dash of eternal significance in ALL OF the necessary places and lives which you’ll be touching with His influence.

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