The battle for significance in my life has been a lengthy one. I have wrestled with purpose, identity, and importance forever it seems. Yet TODAY, I have experienced a great victory. I can write these words and believe them: I am significant. THAT, my friend, is a miracle.
At the time I am writing this, Prince William and Kate had their baby girl, Charlotte. It is all over the news, and the whole world is waiting to see pictures. The newest member of royalty. This is a big deal.
This baby hasn’t done anything spectacular. She was born. That’s it. Yet her significance rings through all the newspapers all over the world. Why? Because the identity of her parents gives her great importance.
All of her future responsibilities as a member of royalty, great as they may be, is not what gives her significance. Rather, her identity as royalty adds significance to her responsibilities. The PRINCESS took time to visit sick kids in the hospital, the PRINCESS raised money for charity, the PRINCESS held the hand of a down-and-outer, the PRINCESS helped someone learn to read, the PRINCESS raised awareness of injustice… Her actions take on significance because of her identity.
The same is true for us…
We are significant because of the identity of our Father.
For many years, in asking God what I am to do with my life, I wanted an answer so that I can feel significant. I was looking for responsibility to become my identity. I failed to realize that I was born again into royalty. I was born by His Spirit into significance. My identity, my importance, my significance was a gift given to me in Jesus Christ by His grace. Significance or importance isn’t something I must earn. It is something I must realize.
All of our good works as children of God do not add to our identity or significance. Our identity as children of God adds significance to the good works that God has prepared for us. (see Ephesians 2:9-10) I do not work to earn significance. I do good works because I am significant. Everything I do in Christ takes on new meaning. (see 1 Corinthians 10:31)
My adoption into His family was a big deal in heaven. Angels rejoiced. (see Luke 15:10)
I am significant.
And child of God, so are you.
What we must do now is realize it.