FOCUS ON THE SIGNIFICANT
By: Neil Anderson
If any man's work . . . remains, he shall receive a reward.
(1 Corinthians 3:14)
Significance is a time issue. What is forgotten in time is of little
significance. What is remembered for eternity is of great significance.
Paul wrote to Timothy: "Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness
. . . since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life
to come" (1 Timothy 4:7, 8). If you want to increase your significance,
focus your energies on significant activities:
those which will remain
Brian was a pastor of a small church who attended one of my classes at
the seminary. He was in his mid-thirties and married when he found out
he had cancer. The doctors gave him less than two years to live.
One day Brian came to talk to me. "Ten years ago somebody gave a
prophecy about me in church," he began. "They said I was going to do a
great work for God. I've led a few hundred people to Christ, but I
haven't had a great work for God yet. Do you think God is going to heal
me so the prophecy can be fulfilled?"
My mouth dropped open in shock. "You've led a few hundred people to
Christ and don't think you have accomplished a great work for God?
Brian, I know some big-name pastors in large churches who can't make
that claim. I know some great theologians who have probably never led
anyone to Christ. If a few hundred people are believers today because of
you, and they have influenced who knows how many other people for
Christ, I'd call that a great work for God." (Brian is now with the
Lord, having completed his significant ministry of reaching hundreds for
As children of God, we are in the significant business of collecting
treasures for eternity
. What we do and say for Christ, no matter how
insignificant it seems in this world, will last forever. There are no
insignificant children of God, because our life is eternal
All that we do in this life comes back to our
God-given purpose which is to serve and glorify God. The money and assets we
accumulate, the fame and power we've attained or seek to attain - all of the things
of this nature will one day
pass away, but those lives of others we impact for Jesus Christ will last for
eternity ... and we will be rewarded for the part we helped play by impacting
those lives - for eternity.
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