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What Is Great?

June 13, 2010 1 comment

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So, what is great? God created us on purpose, for a purpose, to do something great. We get one shot at this life and we want to make it count, we want to make it great, be great; but what does that mean?

When we play out our passions to a point of “greatness” we often visualize a scenario of achievement to define great for us. If you’re a singer, great may be a recording career. If you’re a thinker, great may be an invention. If you’re a businessperson, great may be a CEO position. Great can be an opinion, a comparison, self defined, or defined for us, but in the end, only one definition counts…

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant. – Jesus (Mark 10:42-43)

With just a couple sentences, Jesus turns the hierarchical structure of society and the ambitions of men, upside down.

GREAT = SERVING OTHERS

The voracity in which we serve others is Jesus’ measure of greatness. It is a choice today, not a someday achievement. It is a daily decision to put others before ourselves and look out for their success, betterment, fulfillment, and not our own. Great is seeing others be great. Be GREAT!

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