God Rocks #14: The Joy of Living a Life that Counts

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

As I watch people do some of the most bizarre things to get attention I often wonder, “What are they thinking? How could they do that?”

 

Photo Credit: nicdalic

Photo Credit: nicdalic

 

From a radical Muslim videoing horrific acts. To gang bangers wantonly hurting others. To a movie star promoting herself with seemingly no shame. To a business executive who gives up everything to climb the ladder. To the star athlete who takes life shortening drugs to gain performance. To the exhausted organization volunteer that neglects all to keep volunteering for more.

 

I stop and ask, “Why?”

 

Of course there are many answers. Yet I think at the core of most it’s the desire we all have to feel like our lives counted. We all want to have left our mark. To have made a difference. To be remembered.

Yet, obviously some go off the rails in pursuit of that.

That’s what I think is so powerful about Jesus’ promise.

 

“You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5: 13 NIV)

 

Notice he doesn’t say you can be salt. Or you should be salt. Unfortunately that’s too often how I’ve heard this passage preached.

No he says you are salt when you’ve entered into a relationship with him.

And why is that such a blessing?

 

Because of what our lives look like when we’re salt.

 

We bring health into our relationships. We’re changed and see things through a new moral lens. And that will change our relationships and how we interact with others.

And then we find ourselves in positions where we can bring life into organizations and to other people. We’ll be seen as someone who brings vitality and so we’ll be called on to do just that.

And salt also brings flavor. It increases pizzazz.

As we’re changed from the inside we’ll be filled with joy and love. And that brings beauty to others. As we do that they’ll be attracted to us because of the joy we bring to their lives.

And out of all of that we’ll find significance. Our lives will matter. We’ll find our place. We’ll live out our calling. And that will bring fulfillment and satisfaction deep within us.

 

We find our significance as we live out in God’s power the life he created us for.

 

How have you found the significance God created you for?