Are we significant?
Lately I have been thinking a lot about what makes a person significant. Does significance rely on how much money you make? Is it based on your position at work? Is it based on how many people you brought to Christ or how big your church is?
Something I struggle with is jealousy and never feeling like what I am doing is good enough. I have been in ministry for many years now, but many days I struggle with this. Is what I am doing enough? Should I be doing more? Am I significant in the kingdom of God?
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
For so many years of my life I lived doing the things that I thought others wanted me to be doing. This people pleasing continued on in my Christian years. I dressed the way people thought I should, I did my devotional life the way people thought I should, and I said the things people thought I should say, and I made my children act the way everyone else thought they should.
About 4 years ago. I realized I didn’t even know who I was and what I really liked. I had been what so many people wanted me to be. But who was I really? I realized that if my focus was on what God wanted, then that is all that really mattered. But truthfully I still struggle with significance and jealousy on a daily basis.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who has been called according to his purpose.
The other night I was sitting in my kitchen and Satan was speaking so many lies to me. And I was letting him win. I felt so insignificant. I felt that I was not doing what I was supposed to be doing at all. I felt like I was not doing enough for the kingdom. I haven’t saved enough people and I wasn’t advancing the kingdom of God. The Lord in his kind voice spoke to me and asked me “Jamie! All the people that you are helping, are you telling me they are not significant?”
We are significant when we are doing what God wants us to be doing. There are so many people in my life that are greatly significant to me and to God. They’re not missionaries, they’re not pastors, they are not rich and they are not CEOs, they are moms, children, farmers, and career professionals. Most of them are ordinary in the public eye. But they are significant to God and to many others. If you are doing what God is wanting you to do, then you are significant in the Kingdom of God. If you are not doing what God has created you to do, then start doing it now. If he calls you to do it, he will see you through it.
So be present. Cherish every single moment for the glory of God. Sometimes you might be knee deep in God’s work. This is significant. Maybe your day might look like mine sometimes, where all you do is take care of the kids and fold a load of laundry. This is significant. Choose to be significant every day no matter what you do.
Ever since Mark was little, he was dragged to wherever we were going. So naturally when we arrived here, that is what we did. Mark is a light to people. But Mark shines when he is comfortable. When he is confident in his skin, Jesus shines through him. Mark is not confident doing very much ministry here. He is a very sensitive boy and his heart struggles with the poverty and the difference in culture that he sees all around him. Right now he can’t see through that to let his light shine. Right now we know that sometimes we do ministry together and sometimes we don’t. We are in this together but that doesn’t mean we always have to do it together. Mark shines here when he gets to lead and teach others about Jesus and we love when he gets to show that.
Mimi loves people. She spreads joy just by being her. She isn’t afraid to just share all of herself with everyone. Miriam is who God wants her to be and in her simplicity she spread’s joy to the world.
Aaron is loved by everyone that he meets. We cannot walk past a person where he doesn’t bring a smile to their face. I wasn’t sure how adding Aaron to our mix was going to change our ministry. He drastically changes our days but Aaron is opening doors up for me that were closed before. We were doing ministry in one of the villages and Aaron was fussy. So I took him to the car to feed him some baby food. All the moms gathered around and asked what that was and how I made it. Aaron is helping me connect with moms in a way I never could before. He helps people see me as a mom and someone that loves being here. Please pray for me to start leading in ways that God is guiding me.
My children are significant when I teach them about Jesus and how to shine the light of Jesus and share his love with others. The children I minister to are significant. You are significant and I am significant in the Kingdom of God. Serve him confidently and boldly and let his light shine wherever you go.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
And if you missed Luke’s last blog post, it is really good. See it here.