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Receiving Versus Achieving Significance. Asian American Christian Counseling Ministry Jon Ido Warden, M.Div, M.A. Experiencing Significance. I work. I play. I find joy in accepting challenges. I am. I exist. It’s good to be alive. DOING. BEING. BELONGING. I connect. I join.

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receiving versus achieving significance

Receiving Versus Achieving Significance

Asian American Christian Counseling Ministry

Jon Ido Warden, M.Div, M.A.

experiencing significance
Experiencing Significance
  • I work.
  • I play.
  • I find joy in accepting challenges.
  • I am.
  • I exist.
  • It’s good to be alive.

DOING

BEING

BELONGING

  • I connect.
  • I join.
  • I have a place.
dilemma of sin
Dilemma of Sin

BEING

DOING

Defectiveness

BELONGING

dilemma of sin being
Dilemma of Sin:BEING

Ephesians 2:1

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world…

All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the craving of our sinful nature and following its desire and thoughts like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.

dilemma of sin1
Dilemma of Sin

BEING

DOING

Inability

BELONGING

dilemma of sin doing
Dilemma of Sin:DOING

Romans 7:15-19

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do - this I keep on doing.

dilemma of sin2
Dilemma of Sin

BEING

DOING

BELONGING

Alienation

dilemma of sin belonging
Dilemma of Sin:BELONGING

Ephesians 4:18

They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of their ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.

consequence of insignificance
Consequence of Insignificance
  • Hiding Self
  • Hurting Self
  • Excessive need for attention & affirmation

BEING

DOING

BELONGING

consequence of insignificance1
Consequence of Insignificance
  • Underdoing
  • Overdoing

DOING

BEING

BELONGING

consequence of insignificance2
Fear of abandonment & rejection

Feeling unloved & unwanted

Getting stuck in independence & isolation

Consequence of Insignificance

BEING

DOING

BELONGING

god s redemptive work
God’s Redemptive Work

The Son recreates us by His death.

DOING

BEING

BELONGING

god s redemptive work being
God’s Redemptive Work:BEING

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come.

god s redemptive work1
God’s Redemptive Work

The Spirit empowers us by His indwelling.

DOING

BEING

BELONGING

god s redemptive work doing
God’s Redemptive Work:DOING

Acts 1:8

You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you.

II Timothy 1:7

For God did not give you a spirit of timidity but of power...

god s redemptive work2
God’s Redemptive Work

BEING

DOING

BELONGING

The Father receives us by His adoption.

god s redemptive work belonging
God’s Redemptive Work:BELONGING

Galatians 4:3

So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son…to redeem those under the law, that we might receive full rights as sons.

Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.

philippians 3
Philippians 3

For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh --

though I myself have reason for such confidence. If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:

philippians 31
Philippians 3

Circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrew; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; As for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.

philippians 32
Philippians 3

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.

What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I might gain Christ

philippians 33
Philippians 3

And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.

finding eternal significance today
Finding Eternal Significance Today
  • Recognize need for significance
  • Confess consequences of insignificance
  • Receive God’s gift of significance
  • Surrender own means of seeking significance
  • Cultivate relationship with the significance Giver
  • Create significance in your being, belonging and doing (out of the significance given)
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