Significance Is As Significance Does.

Believe this or not but a lot of Christians get into service not in the Christ life but rather to bring significance to themselves. They have a deep seeded need to feel important and to be needed by others. Most aren't even aware this is what they are doing. They serve in the church, on the board, in the choir, on the prayer team as well as other positions in the body. There are pastors, Sunday school teachers, deacons and evangelists. All working in their own flesh, their self-effort, to feel like they belong to something greater then themselves, to make their own life significant.

Many Christians use this self-significance as their identity. They serve because it gives the purpose and it appeases their flesh. It gives them false security, It makes them feel good and, they think this service is needed for their salvation.

Many Christians today find their identity in following certain leaders, belonging to certain religious organizations or serving their churches instead of finding it in Christ and being a part of Gods family.

Paul gives us a proper perspective about our significance in our flesh.

Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:4-6

Paul address this in even more in 1 Corinthians 3.

What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:5-7

I am not saying we should not serve or that there is no significance in serving God. What I am saying is serving God in not our way to salvation nor is our own significance the outcome. Nor am I saying there is no reward for those that serve. We will all receive our just reward… However, the work is not about us. We are not working for our own significance or glory. We are not workers unto ourselves. We are Gods workers, building God building with only one significance.

Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. 1 Corinthians 3:8-9

Our significance is only in Christ and our purpose is to build Gods church upon the corner stone of Christ Jesus. The foundation has already been laid. It is not about us. It’s not about our service. It is only about Christ and Him crucified. There is no other foundation. Self can never play a part in it. Our identity is not in the significance of our service. Our identity and significance is only found in Christ Jesus.

According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:10-11

You can continue to reason, thinking you are wise, that your fleshly service is for God, while all the while trying to bring significance to your self- effort. But there is no need to continue. You are already significant in Christ. Because you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.

The Lord knows the reasoning's of the wise, that they are useless." So then let no one boast in men. For all things belong to you, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you, and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God. 1 Corinthians 1:20-23

Understand this. There is no insignificant children of God. Our significance is found in this.

“For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:19-20

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