The Pursuit of Greatness
Matthew 20:26-28 NKJVYet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Within every man or woman is the desire to be somebody special or significant. It is innate. We are all born with it. God created us for significance. That’s why we want to be first in class, do well on the job and deliver on the projects to which we are assigned.
Nobody was born to be failure. God’s plan for you is to make something beautiful out of your life. He has good plans for you. Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth.” He also said, “You are the light of the world.” That’s a grandiose vision. He gives them a global vision. See 1 John 4:4; 5:4; Romans 8:37; Matthew 5:14-16; Jeremiah 29:11 NIV, AMPC
However, we need to understand that salt does not exist for itself. Salt serves a purpose. Salt makes our food taste better. Salt preserves from decay or corruption. The Lord is saying to us that as we consistently serve humanity according to our divine purpose we gain influence with men.
As lights, we guide, we dispel darkness, we show the way, we expose what is hidden. Light has relevance when it serves its purpose. If you will serve with excellence as you carry out your purpose, you will find your influence growing and your impact increasing. Selah (See Matthew 4:23-25; 9:35-36; Acts 6:1-7)
Greatness is always a reward for service. I mean selfless and self sacrificing service. When we focus on making people better and upgrading their lives, we are on the road to timeless significance and enduring influence. When people know that we have their best interests at heart, they trust us, commit to us and follow us with unreserved loyalty. Focus on leaving everyone better than the way you find them. Be a value adder, in other words, add value to people wherever you find them.
The commitment to serve with the intention to make others better, uplift the downtrodden and empower the weak is what makes people like Mother Theresa unforgettable. She rose to fame and influence by serving the poorest of the poor with great love. She left her comfort zone to go to people of another culture to improve their wellbeing.
Every time you lift somebody, your platform is raised higher and your influence is enlarged to help more people. Every time you help someone less fortunate than you are, you are also enriched and improved because the seeds we sow come back into our lives many times over. See Proverbs 11:24-25 NLT, MSG, NKJV
The greatest men are not the men who have amassed the most wealth or built the greatest buildings. Greatness is not measured by popularity but by generational relevance earned through significant service to God and humanity. Selah (See John 12:24-26; 2 Samuel 7:9; Genesis 12:2)
The greatest men and women are those who have sacrificed their lives for a cause greater than themselves, leveraged their abilities and resources to make life better for others and influenced generations to come with their vision and the quality of their character. That’s greatness. See Romans 16:3-4; Acts 15:25; 20:24; 1 Corinthians 15:30-31 NIV.
Think of people like Jesus Christ our Lord who laid down His life for the salvation of humanity and gained a Name far greater than any other name in all three worlds of existence. See Philippians 2:5-11; Galatians 2:20
What about the Apostle Paul who lived a life of significance that has made tremendous impact on this world for generations to come. He lived selflessly and gave himself to the furtherance’s of the work of the kingdom in the earth. See Acts 20:17-24; Galatians 6:17
Great men don’t seek theirs. They seek the good of all, that’s why they are remembered and loved by all. Selflessness earns trust. When we work with the intention to use all that we are, all that we have and all that we ever hope to be to advance the kingdom and to bless others we cannot be forgotten. God Himself blesses and increases us. Hallelujah!!!
Stop focusing on only your needs and seeking only what you want. Don’t be self consumed. Think about others. It has been said that “If you focus on helping other people get what they want, you will eventually get what you want.” This is because “What you make happen for others, God will make happen.” See Ephesians 6:8; Philippians 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 13:5; Romans 12:10. Be considerate. Be kind and tender hearted, seeking the good and the betterment of others. Know that you are sowing good seeds. The harvest thereof will be far greater. Keep at it and you are on the path to greatness. Selah
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