We have this funny notion in our society that greatness is all big, over the top stuff! We are surrounded by the wrong idea of greatness from the media, which largely shapes the thinking of this world. I am afraid this thinking has also crept into our Christian community.
I saw a quote on Facebook by Ann Voskamp. I’ll quote the part that struck me: “Your most meaningful work in the Kingdom of God may not be the big things you do…” Psalm 92:5 says, “O Lord, how great are your works! And Your thoughts are very deep”. This Scripture was clear and real to me this past weekend. Our family ministry was asked to do a Family Leadership Conference in another state. The conference was not attended with big numbers, but the Lord was doing great things.
One young lady came up to me after the conference and told me how the Lord had blessed her. Some things she had been praying about were answered through this conference. Yes Lord, “how great are Your works”! A young man who had attended our Passion4Christ Summit in October was also attending this conference. I got an unexpected blessing. The mother of this young man shared with me how the Lord had changed her son’s life completely through the Passion4Christ Summit. She thanked me, and my family, for ministering to him at the Summit.
I wept with joy at the goodness of The Lord. If only one person out of so many was changed and blessed by God, then we have done a great work for Christ’s glory.
Matthew 20:27-28 says, “And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant. Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” I truly believe that when we get to Glory we will all be surprised by what greatness really looks like. Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “Wherefore, seeing we also are compasses about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” This, my friends, is true greatness. To God be the glory.
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