Monday Motivation: Be Great in the Eyes of God

Do you think you’re a great person?  Have you accomplished many great things?  How do you define greatness? Does it line up with the Word of God?

Luke 9:46-48 (AMP)
46 But a controversy arose among them as to which of them might be the greatest [surpassing the others in excellence, worth, and authority].47 But Jesus, as He perceived the thoughts of their hearts, took a little child and put him at His side48 And told them, Whoever receives and accepts and welcomes this child in My name and for My sake receives and accepts and welcomes Me; and whoever so receives Me so also receives Him Who sent Me. For he who is least and lowliest among you all—he is [the one who is truly] great.

I went to a concert last night that was full of praise and adoration for the Lord. It featured amazing artists, and the headliner gave us a wonderful preview of his upcoming album.  God-given talent was certainly on display, and the spirit of worship was upon us all.  At the end of the evening the presiding Pastor shared these verses (as well as others), and admonished us all to contemplate what it means to be great.  Under the circumstances this was an appropriate question.  Would this event be regarded as a phenomenal success based on the number of people who attended, compliments that were given, or the amount of cds sold?  Or would we view the accomplishment through our spiritual eyes, and know that the men and women who participated were being obedient to Christ’s calling on their lives?  He honors such obedience,and our true greatness is measured by our earnest humility while being in His will.

Is your perception of achievement met when you’re striving to please the Lord, or only after you’ve acquired multiple cars, world-wide travels, a mansion on the hill, or a closet full of designer clothes?  Maybe it’s rooted in the number of friends you have and the people you feel benefit by being in your presence.  Or perhaps your sense of pride and self-worth is only satisfied when several people “like” your blog posts, “follow you”, or praise your writing…(ouch)  

My intention is not to step on anyone’s toes, but it’s time to stop measuring ourselves against fleshly standards.  We are too loved by God to get caught up in all of that!!  He created you to do great things in Him, and it won’t always come with worldly recognition.  So take a moment to examine your heart, seek His kingdom, and never forget your value in the eyes of God!!

Be blessed, and I hope you know that I think you’re great too!!  🙂