Day by day, we strive to be people of significance. We work long hours, and we network, we amass the followers, we make the right friends, we bury ourselves in our own identity.
Brick by brick, we build the kingdom of "me."
Significance is what we're after, and our world cheers us on.
Culture says to build your kingdom of "me" — that's where your significance lies. The world tells you to hustle and bask in your own glory.
But, at the end of the day, are we really content? And are we actually significant?
The kingdom of "me" is so tiny — its foundation built on wealth, popularity, and possessions. We ask this kingdom to be everything for us. We ask it to sustain us and give us purpose.
We're asking something small to be something more, but the kingdom of "me" will never be enough.
The kingdom of God flips things around.
When we claim Jesus as our Savior, the kingdom of "me" starts to crumble, and it's like a breath of fresh air. When we confess that our Creator holds our purpose, we come down off of the throne of our lives, and the King takes his rightful place.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6
The "good work" of having our hearts look more and more like the heart of Christ is a lifelong process. It's a process of reflecting our Savior, and understanding who God is and who we are.
When we see God for who he really is — worthy, powerful, righteous, and holy — we can truly be ourselves. Because when we see him for who he really is, we can't help but give him glory.
We can't help but have hearts and lives shaped by him — the one who sees us and holds our significance in his hands. We live to give him glory, not ourselves, or the things we consume.
Here's the truth: God's glory and our significance are not held in tension with each other. Because when we live our lives with a heart aimed towards his glory, his fame, and his kingdom, we're walking out our purpose.
We serve a God who sees us when we feel most invisible. We're created in his image, and we are immeasurably valuable to him. And that's significant.