Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- December 11, 2012
“For he will be great in the sight of the Lord.” Luke 1:15
What does it mean to be great to God? Obtaining riches, possibly, but humility and a servant spirit? Absolutely! A CEO or a General in the military? These leaders could be great, but power does not guarantee greatness, in fact in many cases it tempts true greatness. God’s estimation of greatness is the courage to do the right thing as He defines right. Like John the Baptist, a reed unshaken by the wind. Greatness stands under God.
Greatness to God means we give up our job if it means giving in to ethical compromise. Greatness assumes I am willing to offend a friend, if their expectation of me offends my heavenly Father. True greatness gladly becomes the servant of all and does not expect to be served at all. God measures greatness by what we give, not by what we accumulate. Indeed, generosity generates godly greatness. We are the greatest when we are rich toward God.
“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” Matthew 20:26
Your great love for your great God will cause you to take a stand for His great ideas. Godly people pursue God and in the process capture greatness. Your influence expands exponentially when you are defined by eternity’s agenda. Sharing the gospel, discipleship, feeding the working poor, caring for the mentally and physically handicapped, adopting orphans, serving widows, unconditional love and forgiveness are all great to God.
However, hold these great truths with a sober mind and a humble heart. Few are won over and kept over by your laser like logic and passionate persuasiveness. The Spirit will draw people to Jesus by your grace and love. In a spirit of sensitivity and prayer, lay out your rational faith at the right time. The world’s stage gives its great actors loud accolades, but in your greatest moment of truth, listen only for the Lord’s quiet applause. Jesus is the greatest!
“For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11
Prayer: Heavenly Father, mold me into the image of Christ’s greatness.
Related Readings: 2 Kings 5:1; Ezekiel 38:23; Acts 11:24; 1 Peter 3:4
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