How to be Noticed and Noteworthy
BY PASTOR MARC EIDAHL | BISMARCK CAMPUS PASTOR
We all share a felt need to be noticed. We want to be noticed, loved, and appreciated by the people around us. Once we come into a relationship with Jesus however, the One we should most desire to be noticed by is God Himself!
This doesn't negate the essentiality of having deep connection with other human beings. In fact, our relationship with Jesus should actually awaken within us an even greater sense of our need for connection with others. But to be noticed by God is the deepest most powerful and fulfilling thing that can happen to any of us. To have the God of all creation perform miracles on your behalf, speak a powerful word to you in due season, hear you when you pray, answer your prayers when you pray, and so on.
In this blog I am going to give you four qualities of a Christlike servant. If you and I will "choose" to walk in these qualities, the Bible promises over and over that God cannot help but to notice you!
1. Choose Unity
Philippians 2:1-3 (MSG) says, "If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends."
Can you believe that? The Apostle Paul writes under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that we are supposed to get along with each other! And of course we should. This is what Jesus wants and prayed for. In a culture that is full of online debates and magnifying our differences, we as believers are to be salt and light. This means we need to choose to be different. If you want God to notice you, choose unity and fellowship with the body of Christ.
2. Choose Selflessness
Philippians 2:5-11 (AMPC) says, "Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:] who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped [d]or retained, but stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being. And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!”
This is one of the most humbling and convicting Scriptures in the Bible. Jesus the Son of God CHOSE to humble Himself. God the Father didn't make Him, He CHOSE to do it. It says "He stripped Himself of all privileges and right dignity" and came in human form taking on the appearance of a slave. If the King of all kings, Prince of all peace, High Priest of our salvation, and Redeemer of our souls could humble Himself to such a low point, we with the promised help of the Holy Spirit can too!
If we want to be noticed by God and making lasting impact with our lives, then we must choose selflessness as Christ did.
3. Choose Obedience
Philippians 2:8 (AMPC) says, "And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!"
Jesus is the supreme example of obedience. He obeyed to the extreme of death - the death of the cross. This tells us again that Jesus could have chosen to not die on the cross! If He were forced to do it by the Father it would no longer have been obedience because obedience is always a choice! Aren't you glad Jesus obeyed?
The Bible actually tells us that Jesus "learned" obedience, and the great thing is that it even tells us how He learned it!
“Although He was a Son, He learned [active, special] obedience through what He suffered 9 And, [His completed experience] making Him perfectly [equipped], He became the Author and Source of eternal salvation to all those who give heed and obey Him,” Hebrews 5:8-9 (AMPC).
Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered. We learn to obey when it's difficult to obey, when we do not want to obey, when circumstances and the world tells us it's foolish to obey.
Do you want to have God answer your prayers? Why did God answer Jesus prayers? The Bible tells us why:
“In the days of His flesh [Jesus] offered up definite, special petitions [for that which He not only wanted [a]but needed] and supplications with strong crying and tears to Him Who was [always] able to save Him [out] from death, and He was heard because of His reverence toward God [His godly fear, His piety, in that He shrank from the horrors of separation from the bright presence of the Father],” Hebrews 5:7 (AMPC).
Did you catch that? Jesus was heard when He prayed because of the fear and reverence of God and His obedience in shrinking back from sin or anything that would separate Him from God's Presence. If He had to learn obedience, how much more do we? If we want God to hear and answer our prayers, we've got to learn and choose obedience.
4. Choose a Christlike Attitude
There are a hundred reasons we could all think of every day to have a negative attitude. But even in a world full of negativity, self preoccupation, and selfish gain, we can choose to have the attitude of Christ.
Philippians 2:14-15 (AMPC) says, "Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among you] That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world."
Our culture of wickedness and perversion (using the words from verse 15), is no excuse to act out with a negative attitude. We are to be "bright lights in a dark world." This means that we need to choose to have a different attitude than the world around us. We must choose to not grumble, fault-find, and complain against God and one another.
If you will choose these for things, it is without question that God will notice you. And that's not all! Other people will notice you too! Your prayers will be answered, you will have favor from Heaven on your side and you will have a powerful witness among your peers!