Friday, January 27, 2017

Life of Significance

Chuckle: "Sometimes I pretend to be normal -- but it gets boring, so I go back to being me."
Good Quote: “The significance of a man is not in what he attains, but rather in what he longs to attain.” --Kahill Gibran

"I come that they may have (and enjoy) life, and have it in abundance (to the fullest, till it overflows)" (John 10:10 TAB).
God wants us to be victorious in life. By living at the highest level, you can say, "my life counts -- my life makes a difference -- my life is worthwhile -- I matter." Significance is found in Jesus Christ. God says in I John 5:11-12 (NIV), "God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life."
God created you and He has a purpose for your life; and that purpose is in Him. Simon Peter discovered this truth. He was a successful fisherman on the Sea of Galilee; but one day he met Jesus and discovered God's purpose for his life and everything changed. Jesus said, "You are the Rock." Peter was not a very stable person, but Jesus called him "the rock." He was the kind who would storm the very gates of hell and win. Peter must have thought, "does He really know who I am?"
Jesus wasn't looking at what Peter was but what he could become. God sees your potential today, and knows that significance does not come from being the head of a company, or running a successful ranch, or being at the top of your profession. Significance comes when your life is linked to that of your Creator by a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Only through Jesus, the water of life, can we find true life. Then we begin a trip called significance. We begin to implement God's plan for our lives. It's not how much we can achieve; it's how low we can go to make a difference in the lives of people as God begins to unfold his plan for our lives.
Your significance comes from a relationship with Jesus. Believers are said to be "in Christ." You may not feel significant today, but you are his masterpiece -- someone special -- holy -- a choice possession. Your name is written down in heaven. This makes you special indeed. Maybe you have trusted Jesus but don't feel very significant. Maybe you are older and can't do what you once could. That doesn't change the fact that you are special in Christ. It's never too late to discover your purpose in life.
Your life of significance comes from having a purpose. God has a purpose for your life, unrelated to your earthly achievements. Acts 13:36 NIV says, "For when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he died." God has a purpose for you until he calls you home. Your purpose is to demonstrate to the world that He is the God He says He is -- to show Jesus Christ to all people. Along the way, He will fulfill the longings of your heart. God's power, love, and mercy will flow through you. If you can grasp who you are in Christ, you will find new excitement and a sense of purpose and significance.
Love, Jerry & Dotse


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