4. Longing for Greatness
There is something deep within our hearts that cries out to be crowned with greatness.
The struggle for greatness leads many people to attitudes that are not at all holy as they try to satisfy their desires at any cost.
We want to be great precisely because we were created to be great.
Greatness is part of our divine calling. We have to be careful about trying to supply this yearning in the wrong way.
Let's look at God's promise to us regarding Greatness.
But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things that God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9
Let's look at some aspects of this Yearning for Greatness.
1) Jesus made us a promise.
To him who conquers I will grant to sit with me on my throne; just as I overcame, and sat down with my Father on his throne. Revelation 3:21
God satisfies our desire for greatness by giving us a position of authority that surpasses even the highest angels.
In Romans 8:17 it says that we are “joint heirs with Jesus”
And thou hast made us kings and priests unto our God; and we will reign over the earth. Revelation 5:10
We need to prepare ourselves for this path of greatness, this makes us act in a totally different way than we would by nature, let's see what the bible says about it:
It will not be so among you; but whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant;
And whoever wants to be first among you must be your servant; Matthew 20:26,27
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this boy, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4
The concept is completely different from what the world presents as a concept of GREATNESS.
Most people put all their energy into making themselves great in the eyes of others, or successful through the recognition of their peers or associates, but God invites us into a life of service to others, that is true greatness.
2) We have an inheritance with God
There is a wealth we have in God because we are the object of his desire. We are his inheritance, we are those whom the Father chose, we are His children, therefore because we are children we have an inheritance.
When we understand that we are Jesus' heritage, we begin to appreciate the fact that this great wealth belongs to us, a wealth that can never be taken away from us. A wealth that is guaranteed forever.
When we understand this richness, we acquire an unshakable stability within ourselves because we understand our profound greatness before God.
3) Redirect our Will
This life is a stage for what is to come.
Lesser roles in other people's eyes are nothing more than deep training for something even greater.
The skills we apply in small situations are very useful when we need to deal with much larger situations.
We cannot despise small beginnings.
Great men had small beginnings.
And he said to him, Well done, good servant, because you were faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities. Luke 19:17
Strive to do everything with excellence.
4) Exercise your Loyalty
The main factor in determining greatness is fidelity.
Fidelity to God's present moment call on your life.
God is writing a story of greatness in our lives, no matter what time we are going through.
Be faithful to God at all times .
(Gregg's Story - IHOP)
Being faithful also means resisting Self-Promotion.
But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. Matthew 19:30
So the last shall be first, and the first last; because many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew 20:16
Many people live like thieves, stealing honors and living in undeserved greatness.
Decide to faithfully do your best to God to live as one destined to be a king in the next age, showing humility to all people in all situations.
Greatness is your destiny. The greatness of God.
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