What is the greatest need of people?
On my tombstone I want the following epitaph: “He made a difference.”
The need to be significant, to find purpose and meaning is very important. The difference among people is how we go about making a difference. Some go about it by satisfying their ambitions. Others go about it by obeying God.
At the heart of the matter is how we answer the questions, Who am I? Why do I exist?
How we answer those questions determines how we pursue our significance. It may take us closer to God or lead us away from him. Authentic significance is made fruitful in Christ.
1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
(Coutesy Pastoral Care; Baptist Health System)