Author Pat Morley makes a profound yet simple statement in chapter 4. “Significance is not possible unless what we do contributes to the welfare of others.”
However, he states that in our search for significance as men, we’ve perhaps chased personal fulfillment in that pursuit of significance. But the only way to live a life of significance is to be important to others and impact their lives. It’s a twisted drug that we have swallowed to think that personal fulfillment can give us significance.
So what are we to do men? There is a statement in philosophy that goes something like this: “The most valuable things in life are worthless.” If you think that through to its logical end, you will find it is absolutely true. The supreme end of satisfaction is emptying ourselves and giving ourselves away. So how much significance and how much satisfaction did Christ get from what he gave? He was eternally satisfied and exalted to a place of utmost significance in the history of mankind.
If we can take a page from that book and apply it to our lives, we will see that we begin to gain significance and satisfaction as we give ourselves away.
So take the author’s significance test: “Does what I am about to do contribute to the welfare of others in a demonstration of faith, love, obedience, and service to Christ?”