It has been said that people live on one of three levels, the level of survival, the level of success or the level of significance.
If you are living on the level of survival, you spend your days doing just enough to get by. You do what you have to do to make your life bearable.
You get up each morning, do the work that needs to be done, and then get ready to rest so you can do it over again tomorrow.
Your prayer to God may go something like this, “Thank you God for getting me through another day.”
The next level is the level of success. At this level you work hard so that people can see you are making something of yourself.
It shows in the praise you get from others for a job well done be it at school, at work or at home.
You are driven by praise, but no matter how hard you work, you always feel you could do more.
You live in the fear that one day you will fail and the praise will stop. Your prayer to God may go something like this,
“Thank you God for making me successful. Please let me continue to be the best I can be.”
The last level is the level of significance. You reach this level when you realize that God has given you gifts to share with others and that your worth does not come from what you do for yourself, but what you do for others.
You make your life into a ministry by making contributions to the world that impact your life and the lives of others. You have a mission and you live each day to its fullest.
Your prayer to God may go something like this, “Thank you God for giving me the gifts to help others in your name. May I continue to find ways to be of service to you and others.”
Each of us has been given gifts from God. We are called to go out and use those gifts to help others. As it says in 1 Corinthians, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord, and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.”
God calls us all to reach the level of significance where we can take what God has given us and use it to show God’s glory to others. What are your gifts? Maybe you are a good listener, are willing to pray with or for others, can cook a meal, provide transportation, have the ability to fix things or something else. How can you best use those gifts? God has equipped you with the tools and God is here to help you.
Go out and make a difference in someone’s life using your gifts from God.