This is a question that many people asks themselves, Christian or not. Am I relevant, do I make a difference, am I significant? While the answer is yes, you can be, I don’t think it’s that simple.
What is significance? The textbook version is to feel worth of attention. Important. For me, this is the definition without an understanding of the trinity, God, the Son, the Spirit. Those, “in the spirit,” are called worthy as we are. God has the greatest affection for His people. With this in mind, the notion that we are already worthy, what does significance mean, now? It means acceptance. Not the kind of acceptance that we look for from our family and friends but accepting that we ARE in fact worthy and working to figure out what God is calling us to do. The conversation is no longer what can I do to gain significance, but rather, now that I understand I am significant, what can I do to cause positive change in the world? How can I point to Jesus?
According to scripture we are each given gifts. Many times we see gift as something supernatural that is reserved for the ultrareligious. The passage below gives us the reality of “spiritual gifts.”
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Just because you and I may not have healing power like you may have read about or even seen, does not mean our gifts are any less relevant, or significant in God’s eyes. The same God gives all gifts according to His will and I believe they are equal, no one more powerful or important than another. So, your kindness toward your coworkers is just as important to the Kingdom as the Pastor with a congregation of 20,000. After that statement you may say, “Kelly, how can it be that my kindness toward three people everyday is the equivilant to say, Giglio?”
Like everything else, the answer is already written in scripture:
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”Acts 9:15-16
Do you know who the Lord is referring to when He says chosen instrument? Here’s a hint, he wrote a fair amount of the New Testament. His name was Paul. The Lord called on Ananias, a man I’m pretty confident you aren’t super familiar with and he probably didn’t make the weekly sunday school class. Ananias was one of the disciples and this is his moment of glory. God called him to go to Paul, at the time he was still Saul, and heal him. Give him sight. Paul went on to change the course of Christianity with his writing and teaching. But without Ananias answering God’s call, Saul would have still be wondering around Demascus blind as a bat.
Paul is deemed significant by our typical measures. Ananias is the real MVP. He’s the one that did not ignore God and the gift that he was given, the gift of healing power. So, that person you are nice to everyday may be the very person that God wants to use for His higher purpose.
I would encourage you this week to realize your significance and figure out how you can use it. What are your gifts? And are you using them to glorify God?