Do You Want to Be Great?

Do you desire to be great?  It is not an arrogant thought if you are willing to go about it in the right way.  God wants you to be great, but it is not achieved in the way people often think.

Greatness is not just a matter of being talented and marketing yourself well.  Greatness is not found on TV or in a person’s fifteen minutes of fame.  Those people are soon forgotten and their legacies may or may not remain.  You may look and see people the world recognizes as great such as athletes, movie stars, business executives, politicians, etc. and see that they are being served by many people.  But they did not start out that way.  True greatness is not found in finding people who think you are great and having them serve you.

True greatness is found in serving others.  In life, you will find that those people who really find ways of serving the most people are the ones who become great.  And the great ones who remain great, are the ones who keep finding ways to serve other people.

 So often people look to serve others for what they can get in return.  This is not done out of greatness, but out of selfishness.  And eventually those you “serve” will come to know that you are only doing it because of what you can get out of it.  But when you really dedicate yourself to serving others, to finding ways to help them achieve their goals, an amazing thing happens.  As you serve others, everything that you give of yourself to help someone achieve their goals comes back to you.  This is the law of greatness.  If you serve others and help them achieve their goals, you will invariably achieve your own goals in the process.

 Jesus said it like this, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.  Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant” (Matthew 20:25-26).  This law can be applied to any area of life.  Do you want to be great in business?  Find enough people to serve and do a good job serving them; in so doing you will build a prosperous business.  Do you want to be a great husband or wife?  Then serve your spouse in love, without reservation or hope for return and you will be a great spouse.  Do you want to be a great Father or Mother?  Then serve your children, don’t lord your authority over them.  Teach them and instruct them with love and consideration, not as if you have great authority over them and you will be a great parent.  And on and on the examples go.

True, lasting greatness is never seized upon in selfishness like a ruler who controls with intimidation and arrogance or like a friend who is only loyal because of what he can get in return.  Those kind of relationships won’t last and they certainly don’t lead to greatness.  Rather it is by humility and love shown in how you serve others.

 What this means is that you can be great.  Anyone can be great if they are willing to apply their talents and abilities in the service of others.  The great are simply ordinary people who found a way to serve other people.  Do you want to be great?  Then always remember: greatness rises out of your ability and willingness to serve other people.

- Written by David Liesenfelt  Copyright © 2004