Title: WILL YOU CHOOSE TO BE GREAT?
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.James 4:10
Whether you’re known all over the place now or not, whether you’re very spiritual now or not, whether you know it now or not, whatever you’re doing now is a conscious or unconscious attempt to be great.
The pursuit of greatness is wired into the nature of every man. We celebrate it. No matter how stoic we are, something in us admires and walks in the direction of greatness. It is like a candle. It is potential, a bomb waiting to explode. But it just doesn’t happen like that. You’ve got to set fire to that candle, pull the pin out of that grenade in order for the potential to be unleashed.
Every one of us see greatness from totally different viewpoints. But what ever your viewpoint, the scripture perfectly tells us that it comes from GOD and it is called Good Success. And if there is good success, then there definitely is a bad success.
I talked about good success some days ago, for those who’ve been following this 365 days devotional challenge, so I’m not going into it now. My focus, though, is not really on the success or greatness but on its factor. Joshua 1:8 tells us that the factor is getting the Word, meditate, confess and obedience to God’s word. This is my focus.
Obedience is adherence to and submission to a rule, an order or a person. You’ll agree with me that there is a factor that makes obedience possible. This factor is called brokenness. Without brokenness, forget about going far with God. You see, whatever we give God, the first thing He does to it is to break it first before moulding it into the perfect shape He has in mind. (Matt. 14:17-21)
Go through the scriptures, one ideal for all who made it to greatness and remained so was their level of submission to God and His delegated authority. See Abraham, Isaac, David and others. You’ll find it difficult to keep up if you don’t give yourself over to Him completely. And that’s what He requires for making great.
I also remembered talking about the Lordship of Jesus also. Well, Jesus is not only Savior but also Lord. He didn’t only come to save, He has also been given power to rule all. If He is now your King, He must know that you’ve given your heart and entire life to Him to rule it the way He wants. This is going to be quite hard if you’ve not been broken yet.
As Lord, you’ll come to the place where He has complete right over your life, your thoughts your plans, your will. As Lord of your life, you don’t choose how and/or when to obey, you just do it. Why, because now He owns you. If He says stop, you stop. If He says move, you move. If He says don’t do, you don’t do. If He scolds you or chides you, you take it in good faith. He may do this through men and women He sets over you. You have to bend down to and take it.
This sounds extreme but it is your pass to greatness.
In our submission to God’s Word/will, we exalt Him. Our pride, ego, self-preservation and aggrandizement is done away with. Here God sees that we don’t count ourselves as anything without Him. Here, God is more than willing to raise you because He is aware now that you won’t hoard anything He gives you. He is aware that whatever you’ll gain will be to serve His purpose in your life. This is the key to greatness, our brokenness to acknowledge God’s Lordship over our feelings and entire being.
Don’t try to follow Jesus the way it suits you. He needs to have all, whether in weakness or strength. Whatever is given go Him will be vitalised (given life) and made great. (Rom. 8:11)
You can pray today and say Father, search my heart and make it right, let there be a brokenness with which you’ll delight (be pleased). Break my arrogance and selfishness that will limit my greatness in life and destiny. Clothe me with the garment of humility for I am yours O God. This I pray in Jesus name, amen.
God bless you
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