How are You Noticed?
by Jim Hughes
There was a man named Jabez who was more distinguished than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh that you would bless me and extend my lands! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain.” And God granted him his request. (I Chron. 4:9-10, NLT)
The thought I want to dwell on today is that Jabez was found to be more distinguished than any of his brothers. He was different. He stood out.
What was there about Jabez that made him different?
We can only speculate, but for me it was probably more spiritual than physical. Here was a man who knew how to pray. He knew how to pray because he prayed. He sought the Lord on his knees.
He endeavored to live for the Lord in a way that pleased Him. He sought the Lord’s favor on his living. He sought the Lord’s presence in all he did. He sought the Lord’s protection over his life.
What sets you apart from others?
What makes you noticeable amongst your family and friends? Do people take note because of your looks, position in life, wealth, influence, or fame? Are you noticeable because you are gifted? As much as these things are sought after, they are meaningless. The only thing that God notices is the heart. He judges the heart and not the noticeable things of life. If our heart is pleasing and acceptable to God, others will see it and take note. We cannot hide from others the Lord when He controls us.
What do you want others to see when they see you? You may never be noticed because of the things the world notices, but the world should notice Christ in you.
May we’d be more distinguished than all the rest because we live in Christ and Christ lives in us.
May others see Christ in us before they see anything else in us.
May they know we are His and He is ours. He must increase and we must decrease.
About the Author
I am a retired pastor having served the church mainly as a bi-vocational pastor for over 40 years. I have been married for over 40 years and we have two married children and a single son.
I have an online ministry, posting daily devotionals and tweeting on faith and marriage.
I have authored a series of devotional books covering every book of the Bible and several marriage books.
You can read Jim’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 4th Sunday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.