Summary: Using Ephesians 2:10 I talk about how we have been created significantly and how God has created us to do significant things in this life.
The Search for Significance
“You Don’t Have to Go Very Far”
April 5, 2002
Intro: Show “Simon Birch” movie clip where Simon tells the priest in his office that God has a plan for him.
According to George Barna 70 million people in America today are searching for some meaning to their lives. (Found at sermoncentral.com)
I am amazed at how some will go to extreme lengths to find that meaning. Some feel that they find significance in having the perfect body. According to the American Society of Plastic surgeons almost $7,500,000,000 were spent on physician/surgeon fees in the year 2,000 on plastic surgery’s. This doesn’t even include anesthesia, operating room facilities and other related expenses. I’m talking about face-lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, breast augmentations, etc.
Others would say that significance is found in your lucky numbers. In Texas almost 3 billion dollars were spent on lottery tickets in the year 2,000 alone (lotteryinsider.com). One of these days, everyone hopes they’ll win it big and everything will be o.k.
How far are you willing to go to search to for significance? Fortunately you do not have to go very far. Let’s read Ephesians 2:8-10. These are some powerful verses. I truly believe that to embrace the truth found in these verses can change your life. God tells us in verse 10 a (A). that we are created significantly. Look at what it says: We are his workmanship. We are his creation, the works of his hands. We are seen as God’s masterpiece. What do you do with a masterpiece? You hang it up for others to see.
ILLUSTRATION: When you go to grandma’s what is usually up on the walls? Pictures of the grandkids. I love going to my grandparents because it seems like it is a shrine for me in my honor! It is truly an ego booster for me when I visit them because they take great pride in me, simply because I am their grandson. God takes pride in us. We belong to him. Look at what Matthew 6:26 says: 26 "Look at the birds in the sky! They don’t plant or harvest. They don’t even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven takes care of them. Aren’t you worth more than birds?" You are more valuable than birds.
He values you and he treasures you! He doesn’t care if you are rich and famous. He doesn’t care if you get old and wrinkled. He doesn’t care if you have the most beautiful body in the world (although he does command us to take care of it). So many of us listen to the voice of the world and not the voice of God. If you listen to what the culture says you are going to become schizophrenic!
ILLUSTRATION: I heard about a guy who took his date to the prom. They arrived at their destination. He was so peculiar about how he looked in front of his date because she was one of the prettiest girls in school. He wanted to really impress her. As soon as they walked in to the meeting area he excused himself and went into the restroom. For most of the night he stood in front of the bathroom mirror making sure his tie was just right and that his hair was just in the right place. A couple of hours later when he came out of the bathroom his date had found someone else to dance with and prom was just about over. So many of us are just like this young man. We are so focused on pleasing others with our appearance, making sure we live up to someone else’s standards that we miss out on what is important in life. All the while God accepts us as his treasure.
Not only are we created significant but we are (B) created to do significant things. Look at Ephesians 2:10 b: “created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Notice it says we were created to do good work(s) (plural). He has many significant things planned for us to do. I don’t want to just make one contribution to the world I want to make many—many that will matter for eternity. The things he wants us to accomplish are significant. They are eternal.
ILLUSTRATION: You will remember that not long after 9-11 there was a significant jump in the number of men and women who wanted to join the armed forces and who attribute what happened in NY, D.C. and Pennsylvania as their reason. The motivation for us is that God has many things in store for us. It’s what he has rescued us for. Because we have been saved (Eph. 2:8-9) we are saved for good works. I don’t want to do these things to make me right with God but because I am right for God that I want to find out and do what Jesus has changed me to do.