In a press conference in front of Angel Stadium a couple days ago, Billy Eppler (Angel’s General Manager) spoke about Mike Trout, and his importance, and the role he will play in helping the team win a World Series. He says that Mike Trout not only wants to be successful, but also significant. He then went on to point out the difference in saying that success was accomplishing something, but significance is when you help others accomplish something and make those around you better.
If we’re talking about MVP’s, Jesus obviously dominates the conversation. Jesus was successful in His accomplishments as He fulfilled the purpose for which His Father had sent Him. His ultimate accomplishment was on the cross of Calvary where He took upon himself the punishment for our sins, His resurrection, and overcoming death that we would have eternal life through Him. But what Jesus did before His sacrifice and continues to do, was and is so significant. He helps others to become better by healing the hurting, loving the lost, and saving the sinners.
This world seeks success and will take significance as a byproduct. However, Christ desires that we, in all humility and lowliness, are significant in looking out for the needs and interests of others. And in so doing, the success and accomplishment of the Gospel of Love will truly be attained.
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” –Colossians 3:17