Greatness comes with a lot of responsibilities. It takes a lot to be great; therefore it takes the right mindset, attitude, and heart to be great. There is this one outstanding distinguishable character and trait that I have learned about most great people; they usually are considerate of others; for the people and for the good cause. Even though it’s possible, but it will be hard to become one of the great if your heart, mindset, and attitude are not set and aligned to seek for the wellbeing of others.
We all know that sometimes our selfishness side can become a hindrance for us to fulfill the Will of God in our lives in several occasions. I don’t know about you, but I have learned that in those days were I was more willing to yield to the Holy Spirit of God promptings I was able to control my selfishness and became more considerate of others. If God is involved in your life journey, it’s possible to live your life in a way that you are able to minimize the self, to replace the ‘me, myself, and I,’ with ‘we, us, and together.’ It may not be easy but it’s possible.
There are two qualities that can help us set and align ourselves to seek for the wellbeing of others. We all need the help of the Holy Spirit of God to empower us with these two qualities to make life easier for us. Because truth of the matter is that we all have been called by God to love one another. And one way to love another is to seek the wellbeing of that individual, to wish good for that individual.
We need the spirit of servant hood. Learn from Martin Luther King Jr. who was quoted as saying, “Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.” First, we learn that you can be great, and still not famous, but also just because you are famous, it doesn’t mean you are great.” You want to be great; then serve.
The Lord Jesus is a great example. He explained about it in the book of Luke chapter 22 verses 24 to 27, from God’s Word Bible translation it records, “Then a quarrel broke out among the disciples. They argued about who should be considered the greatest. Jesus said to them, “The kings of nations have power over their people, and those in authority call themselves friends of the people. But you’re not going to be that way! Rather, the greatest among you must be like the youngest, and your leader must be like a servant. Who’s the greatest, the person who sits at the table or the servant? Isn’t it really the person who sits at the table? But I’m among you as a servant.” According to The Lord Jesus, greatness especially in the Kingdom of God, it begins with servant hood. In other words, if you want to be great in the eyes of God, you need to serve and be a servant. You need that quality of servant hood. This could also mean that God doesn’t consider exercising of lordship over other as greatness. The system of the world and how things are being operated is different from the system of the Kingdom of God.
In the Kingdom of God, in order to be a master you have to take the form of servant hood. And this is what the Lord Jesus did. The Bible records in Isaiah chapter 42 verse 1, before Jesus came, it was prophesied that Jesus would come in the form of a servant, God’s chosen servant to bring forth judgment to the nations. In New Living Bible translations it says “Look at My servant, whom I strengthen. He is My chosen One, Who pleases Me. I have put My Spirit upon Him. He will bring justice to the nations.” When the Lord Jesus came on this planet earth, He came as a servant, as the one who is serving others; serving the wellbeing of others. In the book of Philippians chapter 2 verses 5 to 7, Apostle Paul said, “Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Although He was in the form of God and equal with God, He did not take advantage of this equality. Instead, He emptied Himself by taking on the form of a servant, by becoming like other humans, by having a human appearance.”
There is a saying by Theodore Roosevelt “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” It is the same thing when it comes to greatness; people really don’t care about your title or position or status until they know you care for them somehow, or you can help them somehow, or you have a good influence on them somehow.
Therefore from the Bible examples we learn God exalts those who humble themselves. So don’t seek for titles and positions to become great; seek to serve so that in His timing God may exalt you. True promotion comes from God. When God promotes you, nobody can take you down even if they try. It’s hard to take form of a servant hood in all occasions, but we can ask in prayer the Holy Spirit of God to empower us with humility to be humble and able to serve others in one way or another on daily basis. So that’s one way you can seek the wellbeing of others.
We need the spirit of giving. They kind of complement each other, because you can’t serve without giving something. Learn from God, Himself. No one gave and continues to give to this day like God. He gave and gave, even the only most precious He had, His Only Begotten Son, Jesus. Giving is a must principle in life. If you want to get back, you must give. It is through giving things are being multiplied.
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We learn in the Bible that giving is the key to multiplication. God gave His only begotten Child to the world, expecting to get back more Christ-like children in return from the world. In the book of Ephesians chapter 1 verses 4 to 5, from New King James Bible version it says, “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” But also in the book of John chapter 1 verses 12 and 13, it says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His Name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Giving can come in different ways; you can give your heart, time, money, knowledge, skills, advices, resources, possessions, encouragement and support, prizes, and all kinds of giving. Or like the Lord Jesus, ‘no greater love like this kind of giving,’ giving your life as a ransom for many people. In the book of Mark chapter 10 verses 35 to 45, it records that “James and John, sons of Zebedee, went to Jesus. They said to Him, “Teacher, we want you to do us a favor.” “What do you want Me to do for you?” He asked them. They said to Him, “Let one of us sit at Your right and the other at Your left in Your glory.” Jesus said, “You don’t realize what you’re asking. Can you drink the cup that I’m going to drink? Can you be baptized with the baptism that I’m going to receive?” “We can,” they told Him. Jesus told them, “You will drink the cup that I’m going to drink. You will be baptized with the baptism that I’m going to receive. But I don’t have the authority to grant you a seat at My right or left. Those positions have already been prepared for certain people.” When the other ten apostles heard about it, they were irritated with James and John. Jesus called the apostles and said, “You know that the acknowledged rulers of nations have absolute power over people and their officials have absolute authority over people. But that’s not the way it’s going to be among you. Whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant. Whoever wants to be most important among you will be a slave for everyone. It’s the same way with the Son of Man. He didn’t come so that others could serve Him. He came to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many people.”
In the book of John chapter 10 verses 17 to 18 in New King James Version Bible translation it records that the Lord Jesus said, “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”
You have to sow the seed in order to multiply it, because as long as it is not sown, it abides alone. And the more you give, the more you receive.
It is the same God in the book of Malachi chapter 3 verse 10 Who said, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” If God tells you to give, its only to engage you in a transaction for you to participate so you can become more blessed. It’s never to take something from you.
In the book of Proverbs chapter 11 verses 24 and 25, it says, “There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.”
Great people know it is more blessing to give than to receive. They look for opportunities to give, whether in order to intentionally get back, or to just be generous and orchestrate the principle of giving to their benefit so that more can keep coming to them.
Great people are prepared. It is such qualities as of serving and giving, very simple qualities and traits, that are what needed to prepare people to live their great destinies. But it takes God’s empowerment in order to live them and demonstrate them among people in their families, societies, nations, and et cetera.
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