“To model yourself after Steve Jobs is like, ‘I’d like to paint like Picasso, what should I do? Should I use more red?”’ – Larry Ellison
Before his death and even after his death, you read and heard a lot about Steve Jobs. So many products and so much innovation is connected to this one man. The man that people compare to the titans of American industry – Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Sam Walton – was not interested in profits, instead he was focused on being “insanely great.” He was first and foremost, a great explainer of technology–a charismatic leader and visionary. He was a symbol of ruthless perfectionism. He was the embodiment of the famous “Think Different” Apple iconic advertising campaign. He is a legend and a success by anyone’s definition. Walt Mossberg said, “I think Steve Jobs is a historic figure. He’s not only a historic figure in business, but really in America.”
But here is the question: How do you define greatness? Is it talent and abilities, or accomplishments, or power? What Steve Jobs did in building Apple into the first trillion-dollar company, coupled with numerous accolades and a 10.2 billion net worth fulfills that criteria for greatness in our culture. But when Jesus stepped on this earth, He completely redefined what greatness is, serving others to the glory of God.
The world has a hard time understanding how you can be considered great and be a servant at the same time. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Yet, He had the attitude of a servant. “Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,” (Philippians 2:6-7)
How often do you see a CEO be a true servant of those that they are called to lead? Yet that is what the Son of God did. Think about it this way—have you ever had a boss in the past that cared so much about your success, cared so much for you as a person, that you didn’t want to work for anybody else? That boss is being a servant! To care and to show love is what greatness it all about. And it begins with serving God, because our love for God will be expressed in our love for others. And that, is the Biblical definition of greatness.
Our goal should be to develop God’s kind of greatness. It was Oswald Chambers who said, “I have chosen you! Keep that note of greatness in your creed. It is not that you have got God but that He has got you.”
- What is your definition of greatness?
- What can we do this week to be greater in God’s eyes?