Greatness

What makes you great?  What defines greatness?  What leads to a great life?

What would you say to these things?

In our lives, very few of us want to be mediocre.  Most of us want to live a life that would be “great.”

Ok, true.  What does that mean, though?

Is a great life all the material possessions you would want?  Is is power?  Is is success?  Is is great wealth?  Is it respect?

Greatness may mean different things to each of us.

And, we haven’t even hit upon faith.  Which is the key issue.  As we talk about greatness, I wish the Bible had something to say about it.

Oh wait, it does.  Listen to what Jesus says today in Matthew 18:

About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Greatness is not found in the stuff of this world.  Greatness is not found in wealth, or power, of possessions, or fame. That’s not the stuff of greatness.  Greatness, true life-giving greatness, true life changing greatness, it is found in this.

Turning from your sins and humbling coming to God.

That’s the thing with God. To become great, we must first become humble. To know, we must lay down our lives.  To be free, we must take on His yoke. To become great, we must become humble.

Like a little child.

A little child trusts.  Hopes. Believes.  Loves.  Cares.  laughs.  Lives.

Maybe, just maybe, that’s greatness. When was the last time you were at peace?  Of all things that the world’s “greatness” can offer, that’s the one thing it can never offer.  Peace.

When was the last time you felt that peace? When was the last time you felt that greatness?

Today, what type of greatness are you chasing? Today, may we chase the greatness of God.

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