“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 1Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” – John 14:12-14.
We were born for greatness. At least that is what Jesus is telling us in John 14:12-14. Jesus is telling us not to be greater but to do greater. In other words, you don’t ask in Jesus’ name so you can be great, you ask in Jesus’ name to do great things that would bring honor and glory to God the Father through His Son.
So what is greatness? Most people have a personalized definition of greatness. Maybe it centers around accomplishments; people like Steve Jobs from Apple come to mind. Or maybe historical names come to mind, like Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Martin Luther King Jr., etc. They had a huge impact on world history. But what is greatness from a Biblical perspective?
Some people have this erroneous thinking that some people are destined for greatness, while others are just destined for average or the down life. Jesus never died to make you insignificant. God never designed some to be great while others just have to limp through life struggling. God wants you to be great, nothing more, nothing less. Forget about your background, race-ethnicity, or nationality. When you became a follower of Jesus, greatness was conferred on you.
In the eyes of God, greatness is obedience in small things, faithfulness in the mundane, and boldness in proclaiming His name. Biblical greatness shows up in the details of other people’s lives. Greatness is being a blessing to others: The Lord blesses us because He loves us. Because of this, we can be a blessing to others. He instructs us, so we can instruct others. He comforts us, so we can comfort others. Blessings flow from God, but they should never stop with us. They come to us and then flow through us.
You were made to be great. You are called to a specific task that only you can do. God has a plan and you have a purpose in His plan. Obedience and surrender aren’t very popular words these days, and embracing what God is doing in your life, jumping on board with it, and trusting Him – it’s tough sometimes, isn’t it? But God knows the full story and has already read the upcoming chapters. Faith is key in living a life of greatness.
Greatness begins when you take your everyday ordinary life and surrender it to the one who is the Greatest. No matter how small, ordinary or mundane your obedience may seem, it’s building greatness in you from the inside out.
- Do you believe you were born for greatness?
- What can we do this to be blessing to somebody this week?