Becoming a Person of Significance

“Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21).

Jesus set the ultimate example for us of a person of significance, because of the sacrifice that he made on the cross. He lived a set apart life and demonstrated an example of the son of God among men. Jesus fasted and prayed for forty days, spent days alone in the wilderness and was disciplined in his prayer life. Some people think that they can get the anointing by proximity. That if they stay close enough to people who are anointed, that it will rub off on them. There are other people who believe that the prayers of some Christians are more powerful than others. So if someone is dedicated and on fire for God, that it is better to get that person to pray for you because God may hear their prayers better.

It is true that some Christians have made the sacrifice to develop maturity and are disciplined in their walk with God. Some believers have spent enough time in the presence of God to be able to discern the voice of God. We have to understand that there are no ‘super Christians’ with a VIP access to God. Every born again child of God has access to the throne of God and should exercise the spiritual disciplines to hear from God and access his blessings. We do have Pastors, Apostles, Prophets and Teachers to edify the church. Every believer has a responsibility to work out their one salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).

Many people want to be significant, but don’t want to make the sacrifice. There are people who desire to be held in high esteem who have done nothing worthy of honour and respect. What the world deems as significant is very different from what God considers significant. We have to remember that only what we do for God will last into eternity. We are not laying up for ourselves treasures here on earth where thieves can break in and steal (Matthew 6:19). We are to maintain an eternal perspective and ensure that whatever we place emphasis on is what will last into eternity.

The main questions that we should ask about our relationships are. Does our relationship with others point them towards Christ? Do people know more about God from being in our presence? Does our lifestyle spur people on to good works? Have people been better off from knowing and being around us? We are here to establish God’s kingdom so we have to live a life that has impact. The thing that is of lasting value is ensuring that we lead people to experiencing the freedom of salvation.

A.P.-Y.

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