How Do You Spell Greatness?

It’s not that hard to search out ‘great’ figures.  They are famous, or wealthy, or have achieved great things.  They may be political figures, or they may be philanthropists.  They may be business tycoons, royalty, or movie stars.  It’s not really hard to determine who is ‘great’ or who is ‘small’, right?

Of course, it is not that simple.

The way the world views individuals is quite different from how God views them.  And in the end, when all is said and done, isn’t His view the one that will count?  All the greatness the world has to offer will pale in comparison to who God honors.  The finest houses, gold, diamonds, and fancy clothes will appear as dirty rags in comparison to the glory that God bestows on those He chooses to honor.

There are going to be some reversals, which is clearly revealed to us in the scriptures.

“The first shall be last, and the last first..”


“he who would be greatest shall be servant to all”

These, and other passages, make it clear that what we think is ‘Great’ may actually be ‘Small’, and what we think is ‘Small’ may be ‘Great’.

Of the poor widow woman who had only two mites to give in the offering plate the Lord said, “she has given more than them all.”

Greatness does not come from position, wealth, or fame – at least what God considers ‘greatness’.  John the Baptist never performed a miracle, and yet Jesus said of him, “Of those born of a woman, there is none greater than John the Baptist.”  What made John so great?

I believe it was simple obedience.  Not once, not twice, not once in awhile, but every day, every week, every month, and every year.  He did what God had required of him, and was accounted as ‘great’ because of his obedience to the call.

It is not clear, at least in the present time, to determine who will be bestowed with high honors from God, but it is something to strive for, for even if we fail wouldn’t the result be worth the effort?


One Response to “How Do You Spell Greatness?”

  1. Barbara L. McGuire Says:

    Loved this blog! Puts things in t he right perspective! Blessings…

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