[/b]Cyber Saint wrote:Greatness is not in doing the 'great things' by which others have become great. Greatness is faithfulness to that which God has asked one to do, whether or not it is one of the 'great things' that have been or are being done by 'great men'.
John the Baptist did not have an Elijah kind of ministry. He never called down fire from heaven, nor was he taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire. Yet John, who had no record of having healed anyone or done any spectacular miracle, was said to be greater than all who had ministered or had been born before him, including Elijah (Matthew 11:11). John's greatness did not come by trying to excute a 'great' ministry with 'great' deeds of the kind of 'mighty men of God' such as Elijah or Moses or Elisha or Samuel. Yet he was greater than them all. He healed no sick, divided no red sea, called down no fire, was extolled by hardly any; rather, they said he had a devil; that he was a strange fellow who dined with nobody. Yet, until his time, he was the greatest that ever lived.
Keep to that which God has put into your hands to excute, whether it be a 'great' ministry like an Elijah's, or a novel and unique one that attracts no attention, and of a kind that has made none 'great' before. That is where your own greatness will lie. God does not measure success by the standards or deeds or involvements men measure greatness by. Therefore, what constitues greatness to men, and which they attach so much importance to, even to the distraction of others rightly involved in their own given great assignments, might not be greatness after all. Some greatness, like John's might neither make nor receive any publicity, yet it would be greater that what, to others may be termed real greatness.
[b]~From the Preacher's Desk~
Cyber Saint wrote:In everybody God has deposited a token by which that person should be prospered.
In Joseph, that deposit was the gift of dreams and the ability to interpret them. That treasure, ironically, accounted for what seemed to be the begining of his troubles. Eventually, however, that was the gift which placed him where he was meant to be, as the Prime Minister of Egypt, next to Pharaoh the king, far above those who had hated and sold him out in their malice against the same gift. So the key to your greatness might sometimes chart your course through crises, before it brings you to the shore of your glory.
In Rahab the harlot of Jericoh, that deposit-the key to her greatness-was her hospitality. As a harlot, that key was perverted, but it was there. Perverted, it charted her course into vanity. But one day she met men who noticed her virture, and would not, like the other men, take advantage of it to abuse her. They were men of Israel; men who knew Jehovah. It was her kindness and hosiptality to those that not only saved her life and that of her father's entire household but also delivered her from her initial perversion as well as made her a honorable mother, one of the only three women ancestors of Jesus mentioned by name in the scripture (Matt. 1:5). So she got engrafted into the messianic lineage even though she (like Ruth the Moabite girl, one of the two) was a Gentile. Rahab became the mother of Boaz who married Ruth, Boaz and Ruth became the parents of Obed the grandfather of king David, the man after God's heart (Ruth 4:16-22; Matt. 1:5).
In Samson, the deposit for greatness was his strength. He abused it in a way, though, for he was so strong that he took little precautions against his enemies from Philistia, one of whom, Delilah, eventually ruined him. Still his strength was the source of his greatness-and his fall.
Rebecca's deposit-gift, by which she became Issac's wife and Abraham's daughter-in-law, was her beauty. That was the first attraction in her, before her character later complimented her good looks and won her the place.
"And the damsel was very fair to look upon...." Gen. 24:16.
In David, it was the ability to play the harp, so that when the whole nation wanted a man who should minister to the sick king, his gift spoke for him, and he became that man. Thus began his entrance into the palace as well as his orientation as the future king of Isreal. His key into that glory were his skilled fingers on the harp, and a heart after God. Little did he realize when he began to learn to play the harp that he had begun to climb his ladder to the throne. Had he refused to the rigours of learning to play the harp, he would, unawares, have shut against himself his unique door into greatness.
Apostle Peter's own door into destiny was his trade as a fisherman. It was in the course of one of his fishing expeditions that he encountered (or was encountered by) the Master, and became a great vessel that he became in God's hand for the salvation of his generation, and ours.
What is that little, apparently insignificant key, which God has programmed into you, to bring you ultimately to greatness? Dont't throw it away in trying to use another's perculiar key to open your own perculiar door. You are programmed to be great (and greatness does not have to mean greatness in terms of the standard by which the world measures greatness). Identify your own key to greatness, and use it properly. Amen.
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