Tuesday, May 18, 2010

HUNGRY FOR SIGNIFICANCE

A. Brother
©2010 Narrowgate Publishing



            As I write today, I’m remembering my own hunt for significance.  My entire adult life was spent searching for something that would make me feel like somebody.
            Do you know that feeling?
            I see a world around me that is caught up in this search. 
            “Who am I, and why am I here?” is the most basic cry of humanity. 
            “Do I matter?”
            “Does anyone love me?”
            These are questions that bang around in our heads from infancy, through childhood, and if unanswered, bang around with increasing urgency through all our years of life.

            The answers are ancient, and simple. 
            GOD IS.   He made you to know Him. 
            You always matter to Him.  He always loves you.
            Your significance can never be found except in Him and His love for you.

            The Bible teaches us this.  Israel was chosen by God to show this to the ancient world by their loving and obedient relationship to God as a nation. 
            Jesus came, as prophesied from the time of creation, to reveal God in an even more intimate Way, the Way of Love.  As the law given to Moses was given to show God’s love and care for the nation of Israel as a pattern for godly, righteous living in the world through an obedient nation—so Jesus came to embody the character and love of God in a single Son of Man—who was truly the Son of God.
            Jesus came to let us see God with our own eyes.
            He died, rose from the dead, and after His resurrection gave us instructions to make followers of others all around the world who would be filled with His Spirit, and show God to the world as He did.  He would never leave us or forsake us. 
            We would be His Body on earth now—His hands, His feet, His heart, His eyes, His arms and His mind.  We would complete what He started—the Kingdom of God had come—and that Kingdom would spread over all the world, saving men from their sins and bringing them to the significance they all long for.
           
            Your significance has come.
            You are called to be part of the Kingdom of God—the Kingdom that begins in the hearts of Jesus’ disciples on this earth—and extends into eternity when earth and time pass away and the Kingdom of God continues forever.
            There is no significance apart from Jesus.
            Without Him, we are nothing and can do nothing of importance.
            With Him, we are sons and daughters of the Most High, and everything we do, no matter how insignificant it may be in the eyes of this world, is of great significance.

            “How great is the love the Father has lavished upon us, that we should be called children of God!”  --1 John 3:1

          “Both the One who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family.  So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.”  --Hebrews 2:11

          As God’s child, and a brother or sister of Jesus, and a member of His family, so you will find your eternal significance.  You are loved by God today.  Respond to His love!

            As a believer in Jesus, today you will only find your eternal significance by losing your own life, and living only for the Kingdom of God.  Your significance will come from dying to yourself and living only for Christ.  To the extent you ignore this is the extent to which your search for significance in this world will continue, even though you claim to know God, and to serve Him.  The hunger will continue.
            

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