There is something I have discovered. I will never find my significance in my ministry, occupation, or social standing. My significance will never be determined by the number of people who read this blog or follow me on social media. My significance won’t be found in how great a leader I am, how amazing a scholar people think I am, or how many book sales I have under my belt. My significance isn’t dependent on present or past exploits. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NIV) “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.”
I have learned I must stop striving for recognition or approval from man or even God. And so must you.
When you find your significance in the truth that you are a beloved child of God, you will find your voice, and others will hear your voice. Speaking or acting from a foundation of insecurity and a need for recognition from others will deafen those who might need to listen to what you have to say.
If you feel you are not being heard or seen, perhaps it’s time to take a few steps back. I invite you to ask God a simple question. “Father God, what do you think about me? What makes you smile when you think about me?” A great place to start is Psalm 139. Meditate on the truths God speaks to you through this psalm. As you allow that truth to sink into your heart, you will begin to walk from that place of assurance of your significance to your Father God. That assurance will act as a megaphone, allowing others to hear what God has given you to say.
Until Next Week,