I love this story…the noted English architect Sir Christopher Wren was supervising the construction of a magnificent cathedral in London. A journalist thought it would be interesting to interview some of the workers, so he chose three and asked them this question, “What are you doing?”
The first replied, “I’m cutting stone for 10 shillings a day.” The next answered, “I’m putting in 10 hours a day on this job.” But the third said, “I’m helping Sir Christopher Wren construct one of London’s greatest cathedrals.” (Source Unknown)
Two of the workers were just doing a job. The third was doing something significant.
Maybe this week we ought to ask ourselves that same question: “What am I doing?”
Am I just tilting at windmills, pursuing wealth, holding my breath till retirement or engaging in the real battle for the souls of men and women?
Consider the story in Joshua 14 where the city of Hebron is given to Caleb as an award for his faithful service. No one can name even one of the ten spies that returned with a negative report. Caleb (and Joshua) are the only names we know. They are the ones that claimed victory in Yahweh’s name.
Caleb was such an incredible role model. He did not fight meaningless fights. He chose his battles and then gave it all he had. He looked forward to a challenge. He would choose the tough stuff because he knew that the victory would help yield him a life of spiritual significance.
We can make a dollar, or we can make a difference.
In the context of a believer’s life, significance is our reward for living a life of intentionality. We choose to cultivate a meaningful life by ignoring ourselves and choosing to serve one another.
So, what are you (and I) doing?
Let’s spend the week pursuing objectives that are bigger than we are. Let’s declare that if God doesn’t show up, we are not moving. But if He does (and He will!) let’s methodically step in His footprints and do the things that are hard, but meaningful.
That is a life of significance.