Have you ever said “I want to be great like…” Do you some times feel like you are giving life less than your best? Your motivation to continually give your best in life is tied to whether you are living your purpose or not.
One of the things that tugs in my heart on a consistent basis is the word “greatness”. Greatness not for any selfish ambition or personal gain, but greatness because I know that’s who I was created to be. The psalmist in Psalms 139:14 says “…I am fearfully and wonderfully made…and that my soul knows very well.” In recent times I have been on a quest for two things which are interrelated with one another. The first being the fulfillment of God’s plan and purpose for my life, and the second being the understanding of what makes a person great and an uncommon leader in their generation. These two things are what I have decide to consume myself with. You may ask where God is in all of this, and the answer is simple, He is the reason for it all! Your development and personal growth is dependent on an understanding of your purpose in life.
As I study the Scriptures and I grow in my fellowship with God, I begin to understand and see clearly the plan and purpose of God for humanity. Every person is given a purpose which is a subset of God’s overarching purpose. God’s desire is to give the world a taste of heaven upon the earth. As a matter of fact, the original plan from the beginning is to establish heaven upon the earth. Life is much bigger than what we see and do around us. Humans were never meant to just exist, but they are given a purpose, a gift, and an ability that is meant to be served to the world. It is in the expression of these gifts as it was intended by God that purpose is fulfilled. Though having his own will, man is created to be in constant conformity towards God and His purpose. You may say “well…I don’t believe in God!” That’s too bad for you because you will be living in a limited world. Without God, your achievements, though great in the eye of the world will be chaff in the grand scheme of things. Solomon put it clearly in Ecclesiastes 3:11 “…He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy]…” The point is that purpose comes from having a sense of a higher calling.
The second area of my quest is in understanding what makes a person great. You, like me, have probably said “I want to be great like…” I have met people who have accomplished great things, and looking at them from afar of they seem special, and almost revered when observed from a distance. However, on interacting with them they seem ordinary. Ordinary in the sense that they are like every other person having one head, have similar mannerisms to other people I know, they laugh at jokes etc. However they have certain attitudes and mindsets that make them very different from everyone else. One of which is a leadership presence. Also, they have a strong sense of purpose and direction. Along with this, there is an attitude that says “I must do more…and I must finish”. These attitudes of greatness (diligence, commitment to my words, working towards goals) I have committed to cultivate myself. I believe it’s the wise thing to do, to follow after those who through faith and patience have achieved greatness (Heb.6:12). So, it’s not enough to say “I want to be like…”, take it a step further to find out what they did to make them great and apply yourself to the same principles.
I know beyond any doubt that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, I know there’s more to my life than what it is right now, I know I have been given a purpose to bless humanity! How do I know this? It starts out in the book of Genesis, in the first chapter and the twenty sixth verse, God said “Let us make man in our image and in our likeness and let them have dominion…” God clearly states the purpose for the creation of mankind, and the first purpose is to have dominion. This means to take charge, to rule, to administer, to be in control. Then in v28 Scripture records that God blessed man saying “be fruitful and multiply, replenish the earth and subdue it, and have dominion”. I believe this mandate stands for every human being upon this earth. There is potential on the inside of you and I, it is in a seed form, and it is meant to bear fruit. That was the first result of the blessing, “be fruitful”, and multiplication is to follow. Just like a seed would remain a seed, and will not grow into a tree and bear fruit until it is planted, so also will your abilities and potential lie dormant in you for as long as you leave them untrained. Don’t leave your abilities untrained; it could be singing, writing, speaking, going the extra mile to show mercy and care for people, administration, acting, music etc. Whatever it is, commit yourself to hours of learning, training and development. This is the step of bearing fruit.
The next thing is the knowledge of the fact that these gifts are meant for the service of humanity. This is very important in your growth and personal development. If you want to be great, you must seek to do more with your gifts. Be passionate about serving the gift within you to the world. Literally this may be impossible, but your passion should consume you to the extent that you seek to be a blessing to as many lives as possible. I constantly am learning, and looking for opportunities to teach people what I know, desiring to impart wisdom to people that I cross paths with. With the gift God has given me, I seek to be a blessing, and if there are people that I can help to achieve goals and fulfill purpose, I am ready to be of service also. My desire is towards people. All of this I do with the heavenly vision in sight.
The plan and purpose of God to establish the Kingdom of God upon the earth. It is God’s plan at work in me, it is the bit of heaven He has put in me that I so desire to spread to the world around me and the world at large. There is greatness in you, and it will do us all some good if you trained the potential within you and served it to your world. Let’s have a taste of the heavenly good in you.
Someone asked me how I would measure this “greatness”, and the answer is simple. First it is in evaluating how obedient and diligent I am in obeying God’s instruction of purpose in my life, and secondly to what extent was I a blessing to my generation through my gift/talent/abilities! What do you have on the inside of you? Don’t keep your potential dormant, but train it to the benefit of us all.