GENESIS 12:1-2: “Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.”
OBSERVATION: Today there are multiple talent and reality shows on television promising their contestants instant stardom and greatness. Thousands upon thousands clamor to be among the few elite who battle for the coveted prize. Millions sit at home and live out their hidden desire for greatness vicariously through the contestants. We have created a culture that longs for 15 minutes of fame. Everyone wants to be great!
There are two ways to strive for greatness. We see this in the opening chapters of the Book of Genesis. The first example of an attempt to become great is found in the building of the Tower of Babel. In Genesis 11:4 we read – “Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” Note their words – “Let us make a name for ourselves!” In other words, let us become great. They were striving for greatness desiring to lift themselves up, to revel in their achievements, to worship their own abilities. The Lord saw both their heart and the potential for their own destruction. In His Grace and Mercy the Lord confused their languages so that they could not finish their ultimately self destructive plan.
The second example of and attempt to become great is found in Genesis 12:1-2 as noted. What is so different about this pathway? First, it flowed out of obedience to the Lord. God called Abram to leave his country and kindred and travel to a destination known only to the Lord – and Abram obeyed the Lord! Abram was not seeking to become great. Abram was not seeking to make a name for himself. If there was anywhere he could have done this it would have been in Haran among his family. Abram’s pathway to greatness was not one that he devised himself, but one that was given to him by the Lord. God said – “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” It was the Lord that would make Abram great. It was the Lord who would bless him and make him a blessing. Abram was not clamoring for fame and fortune, he was the recipient of the Abundant Grace of God through faith.
One pathway leads to temporary enjoyment in a world of wood, hay, and stubble that will ultimately burn away. The other pathway leads to eternal blessings and rewards in a world of gold, silver, and precious stones, treasure that cannot be taken away. The greatness of the Lord is available to ALL! It may, or may not, be coupled with greatness in this life. In fact Jesus Himself said that in the Kingdom of God the last will be first. In other words, we really don’t know the truly “Great Ones” who are walking amongst us. It is not the “stars” of this world that one can see. Rather, the truly “Great Ones” are the humble hearts who are following the Lord in simple obedience to His Word and command for their lives.
Lord, help me to seek only the treasures in life that moth and rust cannot destroy. Give me Your Grace and a willing heart to obey You in all things. May I be swift to heart and ready to obey. May my life be truly “great” in Your eyes. In Jesus Name!