Who am I? Who do I want to be? Am I significant? These questions are among the most important inquiries that we will ever consider. In avideoentitled, Could You Make History For God?Bayless Conley speaks to how we don’t have to live insignificant lives. One thing he said that so impressed me is, “If you feel unqualified you’re perfect, because that way God gets all the glory.”
That being said, I am so encouraged by the growth evidenced in the lives of some of our members. Just a day or so ago I had a conversation with a brother who has stepped up to assist with our Food Box Ministry. The Food Box is a valuable piece in our efforts to share the love of Christ in our community. And currently there is a huge need for help. The plea was sent out and
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So back to the conversation, one thing he said struck me: “Being a servant doesn’t come natural for me.” He continued, “I wasn’t brought up that way, but it needs to be done.” I love that attitude! And honestly, I’d suspect there are many of us that can relate.
It is noteworthy that change is not easy – for any of us. It’s like there’s a universal, innate aversion to change in every aspect of the creation. Even in the physical world, like with a ship, it’s much easier to keep the vessel going in the same direction than to attempt to turn it. And, when such an effort is sought, the vessel’s structure feels immense tension – the rudder, steering mechanism, the sheet metal, etc. It’s not easy. But, if change is to occur, there must be a commitment and a willingness to endure the tension for the greater good – a better direction.
When it comes to serving others sometimes, it’s not just a one-time change. And it’s not just the surrender of some time – it’s a surrender of “self.” The choice to serve others is an intentional, spiritual decision to choose othersover self. I love how Calvin Wittman puts it: “Any religion that puts self above others is not and cannot be true Christianity. If Christ, being God, humbled Himself to become a servant for others, then how can we as His followers, who are not God, in any way exalt ourselves? If He died for others, how can we fail to live for others?” I’ve heard it said, “If my Master is a servant, what does that make me?”
Here are a couple passages for your consideration. Jesus said: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”(Lk. 9:23-24) Then the apostle Paul reminded us that Jesus, “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,7but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”(Phil. 2:6-8)
Friend, God is not looking for perfect vessels; He is seeking willing vessels. So keep on stepping out to serve others. Again, “If you feel unqualified you’re perfect, because that way God gets all the glory.” If our work is to God’s glory then we are truly “being significant”!
You are loved,