Church of God in Christ, Mennonite

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11

WHAT IS TRUE GREATNESS?

“Our purpose in life, therefore, is not to win acclaim in this world. It is not to accumulate property. It is not to be known for the wisdom and education of this world. It is not to have an easy life. It must be our purpose to know God and his Son, Jesus Christ. It must be our purpose to know his ways and to walk in them.” (Bible Doctrine and Practice, Gospel Publishers, p. 404)

True greatness will not be found in our financial prowess. It cannot be found in our accumulation of goods or in our understanding of world affairs. These are not the things that bring about the approval of God nor the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Earthly greatness will not save our souls, nor will fame or riches lead others to find deliverance from their sins and give them hope of eternal life.

In 1 Timothy 6:9 we read, “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.” We tend to desire comfort, wealth, and position. We are inclined to seek distinction in money, honor, prestige, or any other area that Satan presents to us for a moment in the limelight. Disciples of Jesus should look to the holy Word and there see the base human nature as it really is.

The key to true greatness is found when we are born again. It is found in a humble spirit. True greatness can come only when we are small in our own sight (1 Sam. 15:17). “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God” (1 Pet. 5:6). Humility is the spirit from which true greatness springs. Pride destroys true greatness. It takes an honest and humble evaluation of our thoughts and motives to identify and repent of any inordinate desire in our hearts for a prestigious position.

True greatness is not found in being a king, but in being a servant. Those who are high achievers, those who have pursued and accumulated wealth, or those who have been successful in politics are often viewed as being great. Perhaps we admire those who have attained popularity and notable positions, but true greatness is not defined by these things. Jesus was our example in that He humbly gave his life to save us from sin.

A child of God is not self-serving, nor does he seek to be noticed. He does not see his own accomplishments as overly important; rather, he truly desires that others will succeed. A truly great leader is one who serves his people. He loves them and wants their best.

We portray the greatness of God by our love for the souls of men. We express the love that came into our lives when God heard our cry for forgiveness and forgave our sins. Because of all He has done for us, we love him because He first loved us. Our service is a love service wherein we seek to bring glory to our savior and not to ourselves.

From Adult and Youth Sunday School Lessons, January 26, 2020