Your Significance Comes From Serving
“Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. Be good servants of God’s various gifts of grace.” (1 Peter 4:10 NCV)
To experience significance in life, you must serve with others in ministry. Ministry just means doing good to other people.
Significance does not come from status or a hood ornament on your car or a logo on your shirt. Significance does not come from a bigger salary. Significance does not come from sex.
Significance comes from service. Significance comes when you start thinking about other people more than yourself and you give your life away. You cannot be selfish and significant at the same time.
The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:10, “Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others” (NCV).
The talents you were given are not for your benefit. God gave them to you for the benefit of the people around you. You are shaped for significance, and you find that significance by using your gifts and talents and abilities to serve other people.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says, “Two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together. If one falls down, the other can help him up. But it is bad for the person who is alone and falls, because no one is there to help. If two lie down together, they will be warm, but a person alone will not be warm. An enemy might defeat one person, but two people together can defend themselves; a rope that is woven of three strings is hard to break” (NCV).
You’re not meant to serve God by yourself. You’re meant to serve God on a team. You’re meant to serve God in a family, in a small group, in a church. You’re meant to serve God in relationship.
We’re better together!
Talk It Over
What are the talents God has given you?
How are you using your gifts and talents to serve others?
In what ways does this definition of significance differ from the world’s definition?
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