"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
Whatever It Takes: Believers Display Greatness!
Colossians 3:23-24 (KJV)
23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (KJV)
31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Have you ever evaluated the effort that you put into your activities?
How do we perform at work, school, ministry, relationships, social engagements, etc. ?
How much effort to we put into having a relationship with God and getting to know Him?
How much effort do we put forth in our activities when we know others are looking at us?
How about when we know they aren’t?
Christians should have integrity and integrity requires greatness in all we do!
Here are a few principles that I have discovered about greatness:
1. Greatness Requires Much Effort
While many individuals will say they give a great effort towards having success in all of these areas, the reality is that the conditions of this world speaks for itself. We live in a messed up and broken society.
Of course, I am preaching to the choir on this one, but it seems over the past decade that greatness has been less and less of a value in our society.
Have you ever seen an athlete on television who was the most achieved, recognized, and known as a winner in their sport lack greatness? I have never seen such an athlete who has not given great effort towards achieving greatness before getting such recognition.
Most great athletes spend nearly their whole woken day in the gym or on their respective field improving their game, while usually also enhancing their bodies with focused workouts before and even sometimes after their practices.
Athletes such as Tiger Woods and LeBron James spend double digit hours a day honing their skills and working on their bodies.
What does this kind of work ethic say about them? Surely it shows us they are passionate about what they do!
Sometimes these athletes have to go above and beyond their normal routines to achieve greatness. During the NBA playoffs, LeBron James spends great time icing his joints and receiving specialized treatments to help his body heal. This is effort and time invested in his body, in hopes that It will pay off come time for the next game. This is going above and beyond his normal routine.
Sometimes we as believers and servants of Christ, have to do what it takes whether it is writing 13 pages for a 4 page paper or going above and beyond expectation!
As temporary citizens of this world and believers among the lost and dying we must do everything with greatness!
2. Greatness Requires Persistency
Have you ever been a fan of an athlete that wasn’t always persistent? There were many occasions where I was that athlete who was not persistent night in and night out on the football field. Sometimes I showed moments of greatness, while there were many times in practice where I just did not give enough effort to be consistent on game day.
As believers, we must display greatness by being persistent daily.
I have said it many times now, “persistence overcomes all resistance!”
Being persistent means doing the right things at the right times day in and day out. We need to give God persistency in our faith, in our relationship with Him, and in our effort in the every day things of life. If we do not honor Him with the small assignments, how can He trust us with the larger ones?
Luke 16:10 KJV
“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”
Remember that God always finishes what He starts!
Philippians 1:6 (KJV)
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”
3. Greatness Requires Faithfulness
You can always spot greatness a million miles away because greatness always stands as a symbol of faith. Those individuals who have experienced greatness are always faithful to their cause. You don’t become great by giving up what you are doing. You become great by dedicating yourself (becoming a slave to Christ). That term slave represents giving all of ourselves to Him. Of course we know there is freedom in Christ and no one is bound by Him, however we can willingly lay down our own selfish ambitions and goals for the sake of service and honor to the Lord God of Heaven.
The faithful are always reliable. A husband who has a good and faithful wife knows that at the end of the day when he comes home, she will be there waiting for him. He does not have to worry because he has a faithful wife, and Proverbs 31 woman.
Christ as the groom of the church desires a faithful bride, who awaits His arrival. However, we are not to sit idly by waiting for Him to just show up any minute by holding life at a pause. We are to diligently serve Him until His triumphant return as faithful servants to His Kingdom. The work we do here and the service we give, reflects who we are and how faithful we are to the cause of Christ. Let us build the kingdom of God so that we may rejoice with those we bring along with us on the other side of glory!