I had the opportunity this week to sit in on a high school American History class that was studying Reverend Jonathan Edwards, reknowned pastor, professor, author, and evangelist of 18th century America. A wonderful subject for our high school students to study as he was a thoughtful, goal setting, devoted man of God. He wanted his life to count. To count for the Gospel. To count for souls into the Kingdom of God. He lived a life that was intentional in every way. He was “Planning for Significance.” As a young man of 19, he had a list of seventy resolutions/ideals by which he wanted to guide his life. What an inspiration for young people to study!
I wish I could say that I had such a plan. In fact, I have made countless lists of things I should do to help my life measure up. Why, every January 1st, I get out my notebook and re-list a lot of the things I wrote the previos year! 🙁 My intention is always to live a more biblically intentional life. To please the Lord. Unfortunately, I have a natural inclination to think I can make God love me more by doing more. Then I fall into the Romans 7 syndrome: “That which I would, I do not; and that which I would not, I do.” That is what happens when I try to live by my list! At least I am in good company with the Apostle Paul! Thank God for Romans chapter 8! “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…”
What is it, after all, that makes us significant? “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son……” (John 3: 16) He created us in His own image and likeness and He loves us. Period. He bought us back to Himself with a Great Price on the cross of Calvary. We belong to our Heavenly Father. How much more significance could we ask for?
To be engraved upon His hands. (Isaiah 49:16) To be ever before Him. That His name would be called Emmanuel! (God with us) That He would send His Spirit to live in our hearts! How could we be any more significant than that? And now, from that ground shall we go on to lead lives that reflect this great significance. To resolve to walk out the great love He has bestowed on us. His love has made us significant.
Let’s Pray: Loving Heavenly Father, help us to perceive and receive your boundless love so that nothing can deter us from walking in it every moment. We resolve to walk in Your great grace and mercy, as we walk ever leaning upon Your strong arm. In Jesus’ name,