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A Person of Significance

August 17, 2023

Deuteronomy 8:17; Romans 8:17
“and lest you say in your heart, “My power and the might of my hand has gotten me this wealth.” – Romans – and if children, then heirs: heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him

  “I knew as soon as I heard the statement come from his mouth that my time there was limited.”

    We are going to look at 2 -August 17th verses today that have a common theme. Deuteronomy 8 (I’d recommend reading it in full) is a great history lesson of Israel’s journey to the promised land through the wilderness and why God put them through that 40-year test. Verses 17 & 18 sum it up – 17 “and lest you say in your heart, “My power and the might of my hand has gotten me this wealth.” 18 But you shall remember Yahweh your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as it is today.”

God promises Israel prosperity but understands the tendency we all have to get puffed up and proud after we reap the benefits of God’s blessings. God wants us to remember that it is He, who provides all good things.  The absolute center of the Bible also makes this clear – Psalm 118:8 – “It is better to take refuge in Yahweh, than to put confidence in man.”

Romans 8 is an absolute masterpiece of Biblical truth. The previous 2 days devotionals share some of those. In vs 17 we learn that not only are we children but actual “…heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…”  WOW.  That’s powerful. A sinner like me, destined for hell is now, completely by God’s grace – “entitled to His estate”.  Paul also includes that we will share in His sufferings and in His glory.

   What does the first sentence in this devotional have to do with these verses?  I used to work at a Christian conference center in the Guest Services department. A few months into my tenure the director (who had spent his entire life at this conference center) asked me to find someone to lead prayer before the meals. Another member of our staff was a Sr. Pastor at a local church who was working part time to make some extra $ so I asked him to pray. After he prayed, the director came up to me and scolded me saying that “I should have looked for someone else, someone who was a “person of significance”.

   That statement really, really, rubbed me the wrong way. According to today’s verses, our worth comes from God. Each and every believer is a co-heir with Christ. Paul doesn’t differentiate between Christians – there are not some believers who aren’t qualified. In God’s economy, we are all viewed the same because he is the One who allows us to prosper. If you are rich, it is a gift from God. If you aren’t as rich, it is a gift from God. Whatever we have obtained in this world comes from Him. Our status in society comes from our Creator. Hard work and effort do play a large role but I have seen countless saints of the Lord faithfully and tirelessly serve Him without reaping any of this world’s luxuries. The “elites” in this world may not understand that we will all stand before a Holy God one day and it won’t matter if you were a “person of significance” in this world. The only thing that matters at that time will be our relationship with God Almighty. Did we trust Him to save us from our sins? Or are we trying to get to heaven on our own efforts?

     As we live out the daily grind, please do not belittle anyone who may have a lower social status than us. Every believer is a sinner saved by grace and we are all “children of significance” in God’s eyes, regardless of your current social status.

My inability to play this political game for an elitist eventually cost me my job but I still have an amazing friend who is a wonderful Pastor. I am honored to be able to pray with him at anytime and anywhere.   

Dave R

  ’69 / ’83  Quarryville PA

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