Everyone wants to feel like they have significance. ‘Significance’ is talking about the value or a sense of self-worth. For some people that come in the form of their job how and “far up the ladder” they have climbed. Others might find their worth in the form of musical or artistic expression and the recognition that comes with it.
For others, there is a sense of self-worth in the role they play as a husband or a wife. There is a desire to be the very best husband or wife or mother or father and the rewards come from secure and happy home life. But sadly, not everyone has the success it takes to gain that “significance or self-worth.” I have known many people over the years that hated themselves and felt like their life was not worth anything. They see themselves as a failure.
If you are one of those people who have it all sorted out and you have significance…is there a way that you can help someone who doesn’t? After all, you can’t climb inside someone’s life and accomplish things for them! It’s frustrating trying to help people sometimes, isn’t it?
But our Lord Jesus never had a problem with it. He was the master of helping people to find significance in their lives. The blind, the lame, the leaper, the woman taken in adultery, the tax collector, sinners, the widow who had no one…ALL of them were worthy of his attention and care. When you look at the people Jesus worked with and helped they were people that the world placed little value on.
They were people that you would just pass by on the street because they were the insignificant, the ‘throw-aways’ of society according to most people. But not to Jesus, to him, they were all worthy of his care. I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden and will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
He invited the weak and the hurting and weary to come and experience the peace that he could give them through his love. Whether you ‘have it all together or you are one of those hurting souls that don’t feel worthy, just remember one thing, your true worth and significance come from Jesus Christ. You are precious and worthy because he loves you and he loves your soul.
Randy M Gardner