The Gift of Significance

December 18, 2007 at 11:02 am (My ramblings)

This weekend our pastor was talking about the gift of significance that God wants to give us. We try to achieve this significance through people, possessions and pursuits instead of receiving this gift that comes being a child of the King. Only when we stop striving for it and look towards Christ can we really begin to understand our value, our worth and how much God truly loves us.
My pastor also shared a few points about what significance produces:

  • Security
  • Sanctification
  • Service
  • Satisfaction

Another point he shared was people of significance:

  • Know they are loved and valued by God
  • Are settled in their relationship with God
  • Are settled in their relationship with others
  • Move from being consumers to contributors

The Scripture my pastor shared from was in Luke 2:8-20, when the angels came to the shepherds to announce the birth of Christ. I never really thought much about this Scripture in regards to why the Lord would choose these lowly shepherds to make such an incredible announcement to.

I started to think about people He uses and I am convinced that God has a special place in His heart for the lowly, the broken hearted, the prodigal, the least of the least. I thought back to His resurrection and how He chose to show Himself to Mary Magdalene, the former demoniac. I thought of Gideon, the “Mighty Warrior” who was hiding from the Midianites in a cave and threshing his wheat because he was afraid. God used this man from the weakest clan (he was the runt!) and subdued the Midianites. How about Rahab, the prostitute? I could go on and on. my point is that no matter what we have done, no matter where we have been, no matter what people say about us, if we know Christ, if we have put our faith and trust in Him, than we have significance. God knows us by name and each one of us matter to Him.

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