For Christians, our significance is not based primarily on “who we are” identity but “on whose we are” identity.
I have learnt that it is not the important things we do that makes a significant life; rather, it’s a significant life that makes what we do important. The essence of our significance is not based on what we do.
Tony Horsfall “our true identity does not lie in our performance or our productivity, but in the fact that we are God’s beloved children and that we do not need to earn or maintain His favour by what we do. They will help us to let our being become ground of our doing work from a place of spiritual rest… Here we minister out of a true awareness of who we are, not from an image we project.”
A significant life is a relationship with Jesus. What we are to do for God should not be our first focus. Instead our foundation is based on what God has done for us.
“I will receive you unto myself” Jesus said. This is the full and final restoration of relationship with Him through whom we are reconciled with God.
That is why abiding in Christ is the secret to victory. That is why a love-relationship with Christ is the center of true discipleship.
Some reflection questions based on Toxic Spiritality of ptr Edmond Chan.
1. Have you lost the zeal, passion, and the joy of serving?
2. Are you caught in the performance trap?
3. Has excellence become an excuse to criticize people’s performance?
4. Has your performance been geared to whether the audience receives it well, do they like it?
5. Are you working instead of worshiping?
Pastor Chan reminds us that we should focus on our relationship with God first. It is in Him that we find our joy. He is our joy and He gives us joy when we rest in Him. We should remember why we are in the ministry, who called you to be here – i hope your answer in your heart is “God called me here. I answered His call to serve Him in nxtgen.”
We do not perform to please the kids, the parents, or our leaders. We perform to please God. He is our audience, “the audience of 1” as the slogan says.
We serve God out of our love for Him. Let us renew that love by spending time with Him. So that we may serve Him out of the overflow of our heart – an overflow of worship, adoration, and love for our God, the lover of our soul.
God bless you all.