Everybody likes the idea of being somebody, in their own way. Whether it’s somebody famous or somebody who has power over others, or anything in between, humans fall for the idea of significance time and time again.
People love to be loved by others, and social media is another way that has opened up different platforms routes to worldwide accreditation. But it could also just be wanting to be somebody who is rich and recognized for it within their own circles, or even the desire to be somebody to that one person who is everything to you.
There are many other examples I could give. But the point is that we so easily and often make an idol of it. The wish to be admired, to be acknowledged, to be seen.
I know that I have.
Yet making a god out of significance will always leave our souls empty and longing for more, always more, because that is not what really makes us content. We weren’t built that way, designed to be put on a pedestal. There’s only one way we’ll feel fulfilled.
“I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind”. – Ecclesiastes 1:14 (NKJV)
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” – John 17:3 (NKJV)
The truth is that our lives shouldn’t be all about us. Our lives should be arrows pointing others in the direction of Jesus.
“Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” – Psalm 96:3 (NKJV)
We should step down and put Him on the throne, over our world, where He belongs. Our stories and our hearts should be instruments in His plan, and that is significance in another way entirely. A way that matters. When we work and live for Him and not our worldly peers or audiences, there is so much more blessing in doing that. He sees. He knows. He rewards. His recognition should be what we are strengthened and energized by, instead of chasing everyone else’s.
“For His eyes are on the ways of man, and He sees all his steps. “ – Job 34:21 (NKJV)
“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labour of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” – Hebrews 6:10-12 (NKJV)
“Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others. “ – 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NLT)
Seeking out a name amongst people or attempting to become a face that everyone knows will never be what gives us true joy. Our identity and purpose and pure gratification is found in the one and only living God.
“Yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.” – 1 Corinthians 8:6 (NKJV)
We don’t need significance in this fleeting breath of a world. We don’t need strangers all over the planet to know who we are. We have a God who sees and wants and treasures us, who meets us with the intention to have a personal relationship with us. He’s with us step for step and knows our failures as well as our triumphs and still loves us.
“Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they were all written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!” – Psalm 139:16-17 (NKJV)
“But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.” – 1 Corinthians 8:3 (NKJV)
“Give thanks to the God of heaven. His faithful love endures forever.” – Psalm 136:26 (NLT)
Living for Him is what we were made to do. And submitting to that beautiful truth and assurance will fill us with overwhelming peace.
Instagram followers or Facebook likes or how popular you are in a friend group cannot begin to compare. The Maker of all the things, the One who held us from even before we were born – He sings love over us, and nothing in all the earth could even come close to meeting our needs better.
So, let’s leave behind the wanting crowds and applause and attention. Let’s live for Him and the love He’s washing and comforting our hearts with.