Thoughts on a Significant Life
What does it take to be significant to God? How do you get God's attention?
Walking through the fire will gather God's attention ... so will the roar of a vicious lion ... and the rise of threatening flood waters.
The Bible talks about some of the greatest men and women of God whoever set foot on planet earth. People like Daniel who heard the roar of the Lion ... Noah who experienced the rising of the waters and the pounding of relentless rain ... Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who were caught in the grips of the flames ... Mary who knew the criticism and judgment of those she knew the best and loved the most.
The one astounding circumstance that all of these very ordinary people had in common was not their singularly happy lives ... it was not their wealth nor their socio-economic standing ... it was not their striking good looks or their trend-setting wardrobe or their Ivy League Education.
The one commonality among all great men and women of God is suffering. It is longing for the promises of God in spite of uncertain circumstances. What binds these common folks to the possibility of significance is unfair treatment, persecution and earthly disappointment.
The difference between most of us who wait and those whose names are written in the Bible is that those who were wise enough to garner God's attention knew how to wait.
They knew who to walk through the fire. They knew how to face a roaring lion.
They waited joyfully. They walked triumphantly. They faced the lion with faith.
Do you want to be great in God's Hall of Fame? Do you want God to know that you are serious about serving Him? You will never be victorious if you wait impatiently or walk with worry or face a lion with fear. You will be one of the great ones if you know to deal with circumstances that you would not choose in your own humanity. The true heroes of the faith are those who walk through the fire and are not burned by their atrocious circumstances. A champion drowns out the roar of the lion with the thunder of worship springing from his or her own soul. The victorious conqueror does not focus on the rising flood waters but on the lifeboat of faith.
Who will you be? Will you remain ordinary and cave in emotionally when you don't like your circumstances? Or, will your name be written in the great history books of God with those who have gone before? Will your name be aligned with Abraham and Sarah ... with Samson and Samuel ... with Elizabeth and Peter? It's up to you ... you choose the way that you handle your circumstances. You determine whether or not you will be significant by how you walk ... how you wait ... and how you face circumstances that you would not choose. Let me encourage you to walk in worship ... to wait with joy and to face the lion of your circumstances with faith!