identity, Significance, Worth

Significance taken from a sermon by Linda Jenner.

Today we had a great sermon from Linda Jenner…

It made me think that too often we think of people as defined by one gift, such as leading worship, but God has more in each of us than the one gift…

here are my notes from her talk.

We are significant!

We are… but we don’t always feel it!
Significance… “The quality of being worthy of attention and importance” (dictionary).
Genesis reminds us we were created in Gods image…and looked at with divine approval (proclaimed GOOD or even VERY GOOD).
We are all different… All of us reflected a uniqueness of Gods character…
Yet although we ought to get our significance from who we are in God, where do we actually get our significant?
What do we actually allow to shape us? Our identity and how we think about ourselves?
Our significance isn’t based on our levels of productivity, or achievements or knowledge.
Even as children we are used very quickly gaining significance by either reward or punishment rather than simply being who we are.
Things shape us which aren’t from God, “don’t let the world squeeze you into its mold”…
Instead be transformed by the renewing of our mind.
Can we learn a new way of being and of thinking, where we gain our significance from who God is?
Scripture urges us to take captive every thought.
The problem is we often let the negative thoughts about us fester and take root…
Let is instead combating lies with truth, for example, when we feel worthless we combat with the truth that God loves us with an everlasting love.
Sometimes as we encounter more challenging times, we can see God challenging us, shaping us, refining us…
Do we really believe that “I am fully accepted before I’ve done anything”.
Even when we get it wrong, God still loves, his love doesn’t diminish when we fail and fall and sin.
Love came first, love came before sin ever existed.
Love is greater than our sin, for “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”.
When we look at ourselves we often look at what we aren’t rather than what we are…
These things don’t reduce our worth or value.
Christ demonstrates his love for us, that when we were still sinners, Christ died for us
The truth is we will never be perfect. Yet my grace is sufficient for you, boasting in our weakness.
Being transformed into the likenesses Jesus.
“there are no ordinary people, you have never met a mere mortal” CS Lewis.
Sometimes we are the least kind person, to ourselves.
We are called to love our neighbours as ourselves, but the truth is it cuts both ways.
As the Father has loved me, so I love you… we are loved with the same love the Father has for Jesus.
When we feel unwanted, let’s look at Psalm 139, God want us and loves us.
Let the truth set us free.
God has created all of us unique and has gifted each of us. “Now to each one” (not just the few)…
We are not useless… We all have gifts, skills and ability, and God wants to work with us, God is an inclusive God, not just the few celebrities with ‘super gifted’.
Let’s give ourselves to the potters hands, it’s his work shaping and molding us…
It’s not about us and out achievement, it is about coming before God and recieving from him, our hands our empty but he’s generous.
I don’t always feel significent, but feelings are not facts.
You are significant.
You are loved.
Who knows what God can and will do through us.
We are precious.
He has a plan and a purpose.
Let’s not put up a limitation wall, let’s see God take those false walls down.