Significance comes from being created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27).
However, pride seeks significance from money. Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth” (Matthew 6:19). We store up treasures on earth to find significance, which is “expressed meaning, purpose, importance, or value.” Notice that the first four letters of significance comprise the word “sign” which says, “Look at me.”
The result is insignificance. Jesus continued, “…where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19). The more we pursue stuff on earth as the satisfaction of our desires, the more we thirst for more. The result is a never-ending cycle of dissatisfaction.
Contrastingly, humility stores up relationships. Jesus said, “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:20). Relationships are the only treasure that we can store up in heaven because they are eternal.
Our treasures reveal the object of our desires. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Valuing relationships over remuneration is what God designed for our lives. Whereas a proud heart searches for significance from money, a humble heart discovers significance in a relationship with the Restorer and shares that relationship with others.
The result is the love of God in Christ (John 3:16).
For more, watch:
Episode 10: Restoring Our Four Desires (Significance & Contentment)
Episode 11: Restoring Our Four Desires (Control & Security) with Tony Dungy
Episode 27-30: God’s Ins, Outs, Ups, and Downs of Resources (Part 1-4)
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