Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then . . . I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. Philippians 1:27
The need for significance drives much of our behavior. We want our lives to count for something. In reality, I am significant because God made me. Life does have meaning. There is a higher purpose—to share God’s love with others by spreading the Good News. The apostle Paul encouraged believers to be united in this purpose, and that still holds true today. When we communicate God’s love, we are doing something highly significant.
However, I may not feel significant until someone expresses love to me. When my spouse lovingly invests time, energy, and effort in me, I feel valuable. But surprisingly, when I choose to love my spouse and give my life for his or her well-being, I feel even more valuable. Why? Because it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Christ is our example. He gave up his life for the church (see Ephesians 5:25); consequently, God “highly exalted Him” (Philippians 2:9, nasb). One of your greatest contributions to the cause of Christ is to love your spouse.
Father, I am thankful for the significance you give me. I want to fulfill your purposes for me and share your love with others. Please help me to start by loving my spouse well and selflessly. Through that, may he or she feel significant and valued too.