Saturday, April 19, 2008

Epic search for Significance

Epic search for Significance:
I'm convinced that every person is in an epic search for significance. Sure, many people attempt different strategies, different avenues, different religions, different relationships to find it---but somewhere at the root of it all, is this desire to be significant or find purpose for our existence.

Consider Ephesians 2:10 "For we are God's workmanship (his poem, work of art, masterpiece) created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

If there is a God (I believe there is), and if he really did prepare a work for us (something general for humanity and something specific for individuals). Then is seems obvious that aligning our lives in such a way as to accomplish that work or plan would be the only way to fully satisfy our need and desire for significance and to live a life that really matters.

Conclusion: If you desire significance, and I know you do, you will only find it in living your life accomplishing the work he prepared for you to do. No other way!

Application--I won't leave you hanging! Logically, next you would ask--How do I know what that "prepared work" is?

FIRST: God's Word will reveal some "general things" God has prepared for every one of us to do. So dust off that book and go digging! They will begin to fly off the pages if you are looking.

SECOND: (from Craig Groeschel's book Chazown) Here are a few diagnostic questions to get you started moving toward the discovery of that "work he prepared [you personally] to do"
  • What do you absolutely love to do?
  • What do you secretly believe you can do but have never tried?
  • What makes you mad on God's behalf?
  • What do you do that has a significant impact on others?
  • What is your spiritual gift(s)? (See Romans 12. I Corinthians 12)
  • What might your past have prepared you to do that you couldn't or wouldn't do otherwise?

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