A Life of Significance

Luke 1:37—“For nothing is impossible with God.

“No thanks” is a very common phrase in our culture. It’s a polite way of saying, “I don’t want what is offered.” But we tend to say “no thanks” to some of the most significant opportunities in our lives because our default mode is “no pain, no trouble, no challenges.” We’re content for things to stay just as they already are. But when we are paying attention, God gives us opportunities even in our messes. Many times, our messes turn into messages, which then create dynamic miracles. Miracles happen when we allow God to change and use us! God can do anything, even things that seem to us to be impossible.

1 Samuel 16:1—“Now the Lord said to Samuel, ‘You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.’

In Samuel’s culture, it was the norm for the oldest sons to be selected for prestigious positions. When he was sent to Jesse, Samuel probably wasn’t expecting what God had in store. 1 Samuel 16:6-7 says, “When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, ‘Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!’ But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” After going through all of Jesse’s sons except the youngest, David, Samuel asked in verse 11, “‘Are these all the sons you have?’ ‘There is still the youngest,’ Jesse replied. ‘But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.’

The packaging does not determine the significance. David was the youngest of his siblings, and was outside working when Samuel arrived at their home. But God didn’t care about what was normal for their culture; He had His own plans in mind. No matter your bloodline, age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, history, or occupation, God can use you to spread His Word throughout the Earth. He can give you a life of significance!

1 Samuel 17:24-25—“As soon as the Israelite army saw [Goliath], they began to run away in fright. ‘Have you seen the giant?’ the men asked. ‘He comes out each day to defy Israel.’

1 Samuel 17:28, 32-33—“David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry. ‘What are you doing around here anyway?’ he demanded. ‘What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!’ ‘Don’t worry about this Philistine,’ David told Saul. ‘I’ll go fight him!’ ‘Don’t be ridiculous!’ Saul replied. ‘There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.’

Comments do not determine the significance. Look at all of the things people told David—imagine what would have happened if he had listened to them! When you are willing to do what others won’t—such as David being willing to fight Goliath despite the odds that were stacked against him—you’ll be classified as either radically stupid or prideful and arrogant. But our significance isn’t determined by the comments we receive but by a decision we make—believe the Word of God over the word of the world. Accept the forgiveness Jesus offers, and walk by faith in what He has said.

1 Samuel 17:41-47—“Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. ‘Am I a dog,’ he roared at David, ‘that you come at me with a stick?’ And he cursed David by the names of his gods. ‘Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!’ Goliath yelled. David replied to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD’s battle, and he will give you to us!’

Our challenges do not determine our significance, but they do define our significance when we can embrace them and see what God is doing through them. Challenges, pressures, and conflicts can give us opportunities; we just have to be willing to see them. There is opposition to Christians, but when we use that opposition to show the world Christ, our life becomes filled with significance. He who lives in us is greater than the world! Let’s be a Church who scatters to spread His Gospel!

This challenge that David faced ended up with him being the King of Israel for forty years. Acts 13:22 says, “But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’” Who would we rather be—a people after God’s heart, or the world’s?

Watch week one of our winter series No Thanks Here

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