You are…I am…Called to Greatness!
“God made you to leave a mark in this world. There are some people who don’t leave any mark. When they die, nothing really changed. They didn’t help anybody. They didn’t take anybody to heaven with them. They didn’t accomplish what God wanted for their lives, so really it was a wasted life…even though God created them for greatness. Other people leave a mark but it is a bad mark and a lot of people have to get healed when they are gone. Some people are now living at a disadvantage because they were a consumer and an abuser.
But there are other people who leave a mark on the world and it is a righteous mark, and that is what God created you for. God created you for a great purpose.
One of the problems with the worldly concept of greatness is that we think, ‘Yes if I had a billion dollars, or if I save the world or am famous and powerful then that means greatness.’
Let me tell you something, in the eyes of God…a Mother…and a Father are great when they raise righteous children. You are great when you love people the way Jesus does. You are great if you help a disadvantage person, orphans, children. If you are a compassionate person.
Basically greatness means you fulfill God’s call on your life and if your life touches other people and glorifies God…you have done specifically what God calls you to do.
Once we are saved, we know that God intends us to do something specific to us. Maybe it is a musician, a teacher, a counselor, a business person, a mother, a father. God has called you to a life of greatness.”
Think of King David. Oh, the ways God called him and equipped him. Generations later…God has called and equipped you!
Eventually David got sidetracked from that call and slept with another man’s wife and had the man murdered. Don’t you imagine he was tormented many days, wondering how he had “gotten here”?
As is always the case, David’s sin caused his parenting to become sidetracked and eventually his son, Amnon, committed a terrible act against his half-sister, Tamar.
After two years of waiting for David to handle the situation, Tamar’s brother, Absalom, became completed enraged, took matters into his own hands. He arranged the murder of his half-brother, Amnon. Father and son…terrible sins…so very similar.
We know that God forgave a repentant David for the horrors of his sins but oh…the generational damage that was done.
It is no different for you and me. Dip our toe into the murky water and we are sidetracked. Eventually we can wake up to find ourselves so far off track that we don’t recognize our own lives.
David’s life shows that no matter how deep our sin, if we “turn” from our wicked ways, ask Him to forgive us and heal us and use us…He will.
There will almost always be damage…hurt…bad memories and guilt. So why do we choose our unwise ways rather than saying, “Not my way, Lord…but your way.”?
Let’s choose to stay on track. It is, after all, a choice! If we are off track, let’s get back on track now! Let’s recognize His desire to forgive and accept the truth of His mighty love. Let’s use the rest of our lives to bring glory to His name…joy back into our lives and the lives of those in our sphere.
We are called to greatness! Today…each day…let’s lean into His ways and wisdom and live out that greatness…our calling. There is immense joy in being able to celebrate the way your life is touching the lives of those around you!
Such fun…such a joy to do life His way. When you do…you will walk away from each God-directed encounter, feeling like you want to click your heals and knowing for sure… “This is what I was meant to do!”
James 4:13-17 (ESV) 13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.