The Secret to Greatness
“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” John 3:30
We heard during the political season promises from many politicians about bringing greatness back to our country. Additionally, we live in a society that seems fixated at times on individuals becoming great or famous. It could be very easy for us as Christians to fall into the trap of the world’s thinking of what greatness looks like.
God never intended for our lives to be focused on making ourselves great or famous. As Christians, we are called instead in Luke 9:23 to “deny ourselves, and take up our cross daily, and follow Him.” The idea that life is not all about us runs so counter to what culture is pushing us towards.
I believe that one of the greatest problems facing Christianity today is far too often Christians have lived and looked so much like the world that there is no distinctiveness about our lives. In other words, we have chosen to look more like the world than Jesus.
I contend that when we live the way Jesus prescribed and die to ourselves then we have a story to tell that is so appealing to others around us. How do we live this way? I really believe that it begins by following the truth of John 3:30 above.
I sought many years ago as I began my time in ministry that I might become a better speaker and Christian leader. I read books, attended seminars, and talked with many great Christian leaders in an effort to find the answer. One day as I began my quiet time with God I read John 3:30 again. However, this time the truth of that verse pierced my heart. I knew at that moment that becoming better at all these things was the wrong approach. I realized that my focus had to change. If I wanted to see God accomplish great things in my life, I must begin to make life totally about serving and glorifying Him.
I pray that we would all begin to pray and seek God for a lifestyle that elevates God as the center of our lives and minimizes us. We should begin to desire to live in such a way that makes God famous. If we want to live in a great manner, “He must become greater and we must become less.”