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Topic: Great (07/06/06)
TITLE: To Be? Or Not To Be? Is Not The Question
By Kimberly Jones
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We all have a tendency to wonder what is required of us to be great. First off no one who tries to be great will be. In God’s word He says “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 (KJV)” Greatness comes when we step down and we give to others or when we die to our passions and our self. That does not mean we are to become door mats and it does not make us weak. Greatness is something that God gives us freely. We do not have to impress God to get it. When God gives us greatness we do not have to worry. When others talk about us we can smile and keep on walking we don’t have to answer the naysayer.
Greatness comes from a surrendering of our will, of letting go of our own desires. As I am stepping into my calling no longer having the desire to run, I am learning that man cannot give me status. Man’s idea of success is not God’s plan for success. Greatness comes from being in God’s presence. Desiring to have all of Him and giving up all of me. We get so caught up in the world’s mentality and way of thinking we loose ourselves and our ability to think, make logical decisions and choices. We are driven by wealth, by name dropping, and the circle we associate with. But, oh how we see our house of cards fall when we fall from the limelight.
The prodigal son learned that lesson the hard way; he took his money and partied with all the rich people and those that pretended to be his friends. When all the money was gone they forgot who he was, they would not even give him a job. He found a job feeding the hogs and almost became desperate enough to eat the pig’s slop. Then the truth hit him, he remembered that his father had much, so he would go back and ask to be a servant, not expecting his father to embrace him and welcome him home. But his father did just that. When we come home our Father rejoices and then He cleans us up and starts to move us back into fellowship with him.
When we realize who we are and whose we are then we understand what greatness truly is. Our husbands, boyfriends, wives, or girlfriends are not our identification. A job are not our definition, neither is the stuff we acquire it is just stuff, empty words and fleeting moments that will soon fade and send us searching for that next big high in our lives. These things will not always be there for one reason or another or even on the same page as we are. Therefore we have to be willing sometimes to stand on our own and encourage ourselves as David did when he was in the cave and his men wanted to stone him for the loss of their families. We have become so dependent upon others making us feel good that we forget that things and people cannot make us feel good only God the Father is able to do that. We have to deprogram our minds to the need to be encouraged and recognized. We have a reward and it is in Heaven and will not perish.
Life keeps us searching for those tingles and things that lift us up even if only for a moment. Greatness is not stuff it is God’s presence and giving God the glory. Greatness is a great responsibility and we have to keep our heads about our selves and not let our judgment get clouded. Let God define you and open your eyes to the truth. Then greatness will be a precious moment between you and God and all other things will seem irrelevant.
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