TWO WAYS TO ACHIEVE “GREATNESS”

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!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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