What Is Greatness?
Do not confuse notoriety and fame with greatness. Many of the titled in today’s world obtained their fame and fortune outside their own merit. On the other hand, I have met great people in the most obscure roles. Greatness is a measure of one’s spirit, not a result of one’s rank in human affairs. Nobody, least of all mere human beings, confers greatness upon another, for it is not a prize but an achievement. Greatness can crown the head of a janitor just as readily as it can come to someone of high rank.
—Sherman G. Finesilver
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.
I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
True greatness, true leadership, is achieved not by reducing men to one’s service, but by giving oneself in selfless service to them.
The world measures greatness by money, or eloquence, or intellectual skill, or even by prowess on the field of battle. But here is the Lord’s standard: “Whosoever shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
What a surprise we’re going to get when the Lord hands out the rewards, as to who was really greatest! Some people serve unselfishly, sacrificially, utterly giving themselves to the utmost, and yet never get the credit for it, and are virtually unknown! But God has a great big Book, and it’s known to Him, and He’s writing it all down! And He’ll reward everyone according to their works, whether they be good, or whether they be evil.
Remember what Jesus said about the dear woman who anointed Him before His death? He said, “She hath done what she could!” (Mark 14:8)
Maybe you feel you can’t do very much, but at least you can do what you can! If you’re faithful, God is going to greatly reward you one of these days soon when you stand before Jesus at “the judgment seat of Christ” (Romans 14:10).
So be sure you’re doing a good work, so that when you pass on to be with the Lord you will know you have done your job the best you can! Then you can look forward to eternal rewards and everlasting glory, with a feeling of genuine permanent accomplishment!
—David Brandt Berg
Our Humble Savior
Born in a barn: “She brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7).
Rejected by many of those He came to save: “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (John 1:10-11).
Servant of all: “Who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves” (Luke 22:27).
His triumphant entry into Jerusalem: “Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Matthew 21:5).
The foot-washing: “After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. … So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you'” (John 13:5,12-15).
Silent in the face of His accusers: “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth” (Isaiah 53:7).
Mocked by evil men: “Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified. … And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads” (Matthew 27:30-31,39).
Crucified with common criminals: “Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left” (Matthew 27:38).
Stooping to our level: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:5-8).
If you haven’t met the humble Savior, you can right now. He stands meekly at your heart’s door, waiting for you to invite Him in. Simply pray, “Jesus, please come in, forgive me my sins, fill me with Your love, and give me Your gift of eternal life. Amen.”
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