- Galatians 6:9 (NKJV) And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
With my daughter’s birthday just one day away, we used last night’s “Monday Family Meal” to celebrate her birthday. Soon the special moment came for the unveiling of the birthday cake (a huge event when the room is full of grandchildren).
When three-year old Ella saw the cake she excitedly looked at her dad and said, “Are you thinking what I’m thinking!” 🙂
Ella’s statement sort of sums up my thoughts from yesterday’s blog when I suggested that we may have the whole “greatness” thing wrong. I bet you’ve probably been thinking what I’ve been thinking also; after all, how many truly great people do you know—and what exactly is that supposed to mean?
Is being great the equivalent of being richer or more famous, or stronger or faster or taller or more beautiful than others? The “King (or Queen) of the Hill” model?
Is it being recognized for some unique achievement that no one else can do? (Like the boy in my sixth grade class that was amazing at making noises that were not welcome in mixed company—we boys thought he was great.)
I don’t know: Maybe greatness is overrated.
The biblical model endorses goodness.
- Paul admonishes us to not grow weary in doing good (not in pursuing greatness)
- Jesus will welcome his successful servants with the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (not great and successful servant)
- The fruit of the Spirit is not greatness but goodness.
This is good news!
By its very nature, greatness is rare—read between the lines: that means that there will not be very many great people. However, everyone (that includes you and me) can be good and faithful.
It gets better…it turns out that doing good is exactly what pleases God. After all how great do you have to be to impress God?
Even God, the epitome of greatness and perfection looked at his creation and declared it—(you guessed it) good.
In other words, the meaning of “good” is: something that pleases God.
Why not try the “doing good” model through the rest of the year. Instead of pursuing greatness; or feeling less-than because you know you are like the rest of us—not destined for greatness; decide you course of action based on this criterion: Is it a good thing to do? (In other words, will it make God happy?)
I’ve got to believe that if God is happy then everything in our lives will turn out just fine—and that’s a good thing.
- Goodness, not Greatness – Liam Parker (kerithsmallgroups.wordpress.com)