Have you ever wondered if you make a difference in this world? Or what is your place in this world? Do you think that you are an important person on this planet? Do you believe that your actions not only effect you but other people around. Even people that you might never meet in your life time?
Your life is simply a link that is connected to other links which make up the lives of many around the world. You and I can effect others whether we realize it or not. YES your life is just that Significant!!!!!
The book of Jeremiah gives us a look into our significance to God. He created us with a purpose. He created us with a reason.
Jeremiah 1:4-5 The LORD spoke his word to me, (5) "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart for my holy purpose. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations."
Jeremiah got a revelation from the living God that day. God spoke to him and declared Jeremiah's significance. Ladies and Gentlemen, God is speaking to you today about your significance. The smallest baby to the oldest person has a significance. Everything on the planet has a significance regardless of its size or shape. Think of a lighting bug. I remember as a kid spending much of the night catching lighting bugs and putting them in a jar. It was a favorite summer time event. God created the lighting bug to amaze us and to activate our imagination. On the other hand, lighting bugs along with other insects are used to pollinate flowers on our plant. They might be on the bottom of the food chain but if there were no lighting bugs or insects at all life on the planet would cease to exists. Insects are just that significant!!!! AND SO ARE YOU!!!!!
What about your significance? Do you have someone or someones that have affected your life positively or negatively? How about you? Are you aware of the lives around you that you have effected?
It 1964 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the the Noble Prize for his efforts in equal rights. Martin Luther King Jr. was a simple man and was an ordinary man who saw a need and decided to be a force of change. His efforts some 40 years ago paved the way for my Nation to have a Black man as President. Many would say that due to Martin Luther King's efforts our world is a different place. I would agree but is his significance unique and left without influence? Does our significance get touched by someone else's significance? In other words, your significance is never developed in a test tube but is influenced by someone Else's significance. Henceforth, WE NEED EACH OTHER!!!!!
Do you know that there was one person that sparked Martin Luther King's marches for freedom. She was a little black lady named Rosa Parks who decided one day to sit at the front of the bus because her feet were tired. . Back during the day it was against the law for black people to sit in the front. She was a normal lady who decided to make a difference with her significance. She did not realize that her actions would spark the greatest civil rights movement that the world has ever seen. But does Rosa Park get all the credit for Racial Freedom in our world today? Was her significance tainted by the significance of another person? Rosa Parks parents were her greatest influence.
James and Leona McCauley ( Rosa Parks parents), inspired and influenced her. They taught her that all people are the same, and should be treated that way.
Rosa Parks grandparents were slaves while they were young. They instilled into their children the value that everyone deserves to be treated the same. They taught them that no one should be a slave. Her grandfather protected the family from the Klans men, who would come into the night and take people to hang them or kill them.
The list could go on. Everyone remembers Martin Luther King Jr's name and some remember Rosa McCauley Parks name, but does everyone remember James and Leona McCauley ( Leona was a AME preach by the way) Does anyone remember Rosa Parks parents who played an important role in her life? The point I am making is that every life has a significance. Maybe you will not have your name in the History books with bold letters but your importance will still exists. You never know when your significance is influencing someone Else's significance. If Rosa parks grandparents had died as slaves or by the hands of some Klan's man then there might not have been a CIVIL RIGHT MOVEMENT IN MY NATION AND IN THE WORLD.
We can take this a step further. God has called you by His name whether you are living for Him right now or not. If you are still waddling in your sin, He is just waiting for you to come to Him. Then He will set your true destiny into motion. If you are passionately following the Lord, then God is calling you out right now. He is telling you to rise up and fulfill the destiny he has for you. There are lives hanging in the balance and your SIGNIFICANCE must influence them. It must shine upon them. Your SIGNIFICANCE could help produce the next Great President of American. Your SIGNIFICANCE could help produce the next great Scientist who comes up with a way to save people from Cancer. Your SIGNIFICANCE could help produce the next great Minister who leads thousands to Christ. The list goes on. You are not INSIGNIFICANT God did not make you or I that way.
I get letters from people I had no idea I influenced throughout the years. There was a letter the other day from a young man who thanked me for ministering to him and showing him how to stand up for the things of Christ. I honestly did not fully remember him but he told me the story of how I influenced his life some 15 years ago. He is now a senior pastor of a church. How amazing in that? When I read that letter, I just wept and worshiped the living God. To Him be all the glory.
When you and I refuse to step into our Destiny then we are altering time around us. I firmly believe that. You are hindering what could have been versus what is now. The more you stay away from God's true calling for your life more you are altering time around you and hindering the lives of others. Once again we are connected around the world. Your positive influence could become a negative influence if you are not careful. God has a purpose for us all and desires for us to walk in it.
Did you know that my great grand mother, on my mom's side, taught Sunday school for over 50 years. That might not seem so significant but she taught it in the Church of God church , a pentecostal church. My great grandparents lived the Holy spirit filled life during the time when Main stream denominations were preaching against it and against the speaking of tongues. That is powerful. My grandmother, on my dad's side, told me of story of our distant relatives. One relative had a steam ship which went up the Mississippi river back in the days of slavery. My distant relative would carry slaves to freedom by sailing them to the North of the United States and giving many Slaves the freedom they well deserved.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, ( I AM CRYING AS I AM WRITING THIS.) YOU HAVE A SIGNIFICANCE. Don't waste your life on sinful desires and corruption. Don't waste your life on self-pity and hate. Don't step away from knowing the Lord God and serving Him. Through Him will your true destiny flow. Don't let your life be so busy and so consumed by things that your true SIGNIFICANCE never flows out. Don't let your actions effect others negatively because they can.
You are and can make a difference!!!!!
I love you all greatly.
Johnny J. Mengarelli III