banner
 
  Home >> Blogs >> Identity in Christ, 2

this user is offline now  bloggerbob
Send message

Subscribe



Categories:
  Religion & Philosophy
  Blogging
  Jobs, Work, Careers

Archive:
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011

Who Gives Kudos:



 

   [12 Jan 2015 | Monday]

Identity in Christ, 2

~ The World’s Answer To Finding Fulfillment! ~

 

As a way of introducing ALN’s new Monday Series regarding our “Identity in Christ” I thought it would be helpful to have a guest blogger, Tim Shefy, provide his following thought-provoking post.  I encourage my readers to visit his blog entitled “Even If I Walk Alone  (It is listed in the right column under “Check These Out.”)

 

The Lie of Acquired Significance

 

We all want to feel significant; we want to know we are here for a purpose and are making a difference in the world.  I think the reason so many people ask the “Why am I here?” question is because they feel insignificant and are searching for something to fill the emptiness within them.  Even Christians who realize that Christ is the only one who can satisfy the deep longings in their soul often struggle with trying to figure out their purpose in life.  This is another of Satan’s favorite tricks; he has convinced you of the need to search for something to make you feel significant.

 

The Lie  ~  For as long as I can remember, and I suspect it is the same for you, we have been taught that we acquire significance based on the things we do or the accomplishments we achieve.  We’re taught to study hard throughout our youth and to choose careers that will allow us to acquire the finer things in life.  Advertisements bombard us daily with images of what a successful person looks like and with what sort of things they possess.  Our eyes become enamored with the slick imagery and we lose focus of who we are in Jesus Christ and of the mission we have been created to fulfill.

 

It Started In The Garden  ~  Satan has been at this a very long time.  All the way back in the garden of Eden he convinced Adam and Eve that they were really just pawns, and that if they wanted to be wise like God they simply needed to eat the fruit from the tree of wisdom.  In other words, they could find a higher worth, their own significance, by taking a certain action.  They were the first to discover that when we try and gain significance through our own efforts, we actually surrender that which brought us worth in the first place.  Still, you and I continue to follow in their footsteps to this day.  It’s funny how we read the Bible amazed that the Israelites or Disciples could be so foolish and hard headed, yet six thousand years later we are still mimicking the mistakes of the first man and woman.  Our pride says we would have done better than God’s people in the past.  Our reality tells a different story.

 

Disillusionment  ~  Disillusionment occurs when we recognize that despite our best efforts, our quest for significance is falling woefully short.  The career you imagined so vividly has turned into long hours in a small cubicle for little pay and even fewer accolades.  Our fairytale romance has turned into a mundane and predictable marriage.  The stuff you couldn’t wait to buy has resulted in credit card bills that are draining what little money you have at an alarming rate.  Significance seems like a long forgotten dream as your life spirals further and further out of control.

 

Brokenness  ~  This is the point where you cry out to Jesus and beg Him to stop the world and let you get off.  But this is a wonderful place, because it is here that you realize that you are nothing without God.  This is a place of brokenness in the presence of the only One who can heal you.  As you let go of all you have been seeking and rest in His mercy and grace, suddenly you realize that the significance you sought has been inside you all along.  God created you for a purpose and placed His spirit within you; He marked you with His name and called you His own.  He has never cared for the things you did in search of meaning; He has simply cared for you.

 

Finding significance  ~  Satan’s lie of acquired significance says you must acquire and you must achieve.  The truth is, significance is not earned but imparted mercifully upon you when you surrender your life to Jesus.  Your significance is found in your Creator.  The God of the universe loves and cherishes you.  In His eyes, you are considered priceless.  You matter to God; you are special.  You are significant.

 

Question  ~  What is one way you have tried to achieve significance in your own life?

Expand

ALN Comment  ~  The world tells us that we need to “pull ourselves up by our bootstraps.”  If you have never tried that—I suggest you do it right now!  From a standing position reach down, grab your shoelaces (or any part of your footwear) and pull.  How high did you get? 

 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

 

NOTES:

(1)     The current TOP 10 ALN posts are listed at the very bottom of this home page.

(2)     There is an INDEX of all ALN posts accessed by scrolling down the left column.

(3)     You may LINK to any ALN posts on your own blog or website. 

(4)     You may COPY any ALN post, but please credit ALN as the source by prominently displaying the following statement:  Reprinted from “Abundant Life Now,” a free blog which offers inspiring moments, thought-provoking comments, and solid Biblical insight at http://RobertLloydRussell.blogspot.com/ .

 

Mood:
8:58 AM - 0 Comments - 0 Kudos - Add comment 

  Comments
 
|
|
|
|
|
 
Copyright © 2009 - 2012 True2ourselves. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission is prohibited.