Monday, June 14, 2010

God's Secret to True Greatness

What is God's secret to true greatness?  It may not be what you think.

"Blessed is he whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not count his sin." (Romans 4) 

The man is blessed who, through owning his moral and spiritual poverty, trusts wholly in the mercy of God through the saving work of Jesus Christ.  That man is blessed.  That man has no sin counted against him, by grace and not our works.  But greatness, true blessedness, comes through the fruit of this, as well.

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth...Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall have their fill." (Matthew 5)

"Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." (Matthew 10:39)

"And when the ten heard [that James and John were asking Jesus how to have the great status of sitting at His right hand in the Kingdom of God], they began to be indignant at James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, 'You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.'" (Mark 10)

The truth is, it isn't much of a secret.  It's just that we don't tend to like it very much.  It doesn't promise us glitz and lots of temporal blessings like all of those health-wealth-prosperity guys or new-age success gurus.  But this person is, in God's eyes, "blessed."  Who are we to presume there is a better standard?  Who are we to imagine that the One who made us is ignorant of the path of true greatness, true blessedness, and true happiness?

The truth is, God is the One who is meant to be center-stage -it is His show, His party.  We like to think that becoming great means that we will stand on stage and be applauded. It actually means quite the opposite.  It means becoming a servant.  And yet, the Savior who came, emptied Himself, and served us, is the One who receives us and crowns us with crowns of glory.

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