When I was a teenager, I had vague ideas about greatness. I knew that God had a plan for my life, but I always felt like I was destined for something amazing, whatever that happened to be. Since God was going to do something amazing, it stood to reason that of course I would most likely be a preacher’s wife. So I surrendered to be a preacher’s wife. (It’s so fun to laugh at myself now, tee hee.) When it came time for college, it was no surprise when I felt God’s peace directing me to Bible college. Where else do you meet preacher boys than at a Bible college? But God had the upper hand of that joke. He led me to one of the few young men there that was not actually called to preach, and who left Bible college to seek God’s will in a secular career choice.
Well now what? How could I be greatly used by God, if I wasn’t even going to be in full-time ministry? God showed me that I don’t need a title to dedicate my life and time to Him. My husband doesn’t need to be paid by the church to have a heart that loves God and wants to serve Him.
God is the One who defines what is great.
Our secular values system has ingrained into us that those with education are great; those with éclat are great; those with money are great; those that are celebrities are great; those who are popular are great; and those that are knowledgeable are great.
We need to come to terms with the fact that this is His world. He is the One who gets to put the value on greatness.
Do you know who God says is great? The servant.
Matthew 23:11, 12- “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
The least recognized. The hardest worker. The grimiest, most disheveled. The one who isn’t well-dressed because they gave their clothes away. The one who least expects it, because they have no idea of their own merit. They only wanted to love their Jesus as much as they could.
No matter what I write, I keep seeming to come back to these verses. Matthew 22:36-40 ~ “Master which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
The greatest will be the one that loved most.
I can’t help but think that this will be a little elderly lady from the middle of nowhere, who poured out her life in prayer for her preacher, and gave her hard-earned savings to missionaries every chance she got, and took in the lost and forlorn and gave them food she should have eaten herself. The longer I’m alive, and the more acquainted I am with myself, the farther down on that ‘totem pole’ of heaven I see myself.
God has the right to decide who and what we will be.
Romans 9:20, 21- “Nay but, O man, who art thou that replies against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?”
2 Timothy 2:20, 21- “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and repaired unto every good work.”
If you want to be used for great things, you need only be clean.
Apart from God, we cannot be great.
I cannot do it myself. I especially cannot love of myself. Loving is one of the hardest things for me to do, as I explained in this post. I’m so grateful that we can grow in the Spirit, that He increases His fruits in us, one of which is love. It is His moving and growing and changing in our lives that even makes it possible for us to be qualified for greatness.
Apart from death, we cannot be great.
John 12:24-26 ~ “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.”
Death for life, debasement for elevation, etc.
Greatness doesn’t matter.
The older I’ve gotten, farther from those days of ambitious ignorance, the more I’ve realized that being great just really doesn’t matter. I used to think that I may not be great in this world’s history book, but I could still be great in God’s history book. But now, I just want Him to know that I love Him. Being great isn’t worth it all. HE is worth it all. I can only give my all to the One who loves me OH! so much!
Just to be loved by Him gives me the greatest worth of all.