Being Great

14 12 2011

Do you want to be great? Deep down, everybody wants to be great, to make a difference, to leave a lasting impact on those we love and meet each day. More often than not, though, we settle for mediocre. We long to be great, but are not truly sure we have it in us.

Children don’t have that problem. Children believe they can be great. They are sure that they can accomplish their dreams, be anything they want to be, and have the power to change the world. No child says, “I hope I grow up to be just so-so.” Their imaginations let them soar. Somewhere along the way, we lose our confidence. We begin to let our failures define our limits.

The problem is that we let the world define what it means to be great. As we get older, our society projects a very clear image of what greatness looks like. Money, power, influence, intelligence, fame, popularity, and good looks frame what it means to be great.

But Christians don’t live by the standard of the world. We are defined by Jesus, and Jesus defines greatness this way. “But whoever would be great among you must be your servant.” (Matthew 20:26) Having a servant heart, a heart that looks like Jesus, is at the core of what it means to be great.

Building on Jesus’ definition of greatness, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

My Jesus Resolution today is to commit to greatness. I am not looking for applause, the spotlight, or the praise of men. I want a heart that is great in the sight of God. I want to make a difference in the lives of the people God puts in my path. Today, I am going to commit a deliberate act of greatness – an offering of service to someone I meet, and use the moment to point them to the greatest One of all.


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