An Invitation to Greatness

By Marvin Nemitz on May 7, 2024

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

John 13:14-17 - If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

WOW!!! – If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

The truth is that many people have no idea what it really means to be great.

We have sold people a bill of goods that leaves most people feeling like they have accomplished little with their life and that they don’t quite measure up to expectations; theirs, God’s or other people. - Many today feel like they are falling short.

For generations now we have challenged people to be great.

This idea drives people. It pushes them. Pushing is better than being stagnant or lazy, yet this drivenness totally misses the fact that Jesus yoke is easy and His burden is light.

For many this desire for greatness is not an adventure but a heaviness that weighs them down needlessly.

We tell people that God wants to do great things in and through their lives and that is true except we offer it as a challenge and a forgone conclusion that everyone should be great at everything. 

We teach people that God wants to do BIG things.

What we tell them is that if they are faithful, they will achieve fame, fortune, they will have a platform and if they do everything just right, they will have few enemies and one day retire in complete comfort.

  • Unfortunately, many Christians define greatness the same way that the world does.

Unusual or considerable in degree, power, or intensity.”

“Wonderful; first-rate; very good.”

“Notable; remarkable; exceptionally good.”

It seems popular to define greatness as perceived success. If you have power, money, and status, then the world calls you great.

Sometimes it’s chance; sometimes it’s not.

~ William Shakespeare. - “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them,”

Greatness, in the world’s eyes, is about material possessions and accomplishments. Nothing wrong with these things. – But if we are not careful, they become our god. – This god has a name mammon. The Bible is clear that you can’t serve both.

  • God created every one of us to be something special, but we live in a culture that has totally misrepresented true greatness.

 The American Heritage Dictionary defines success and greatness as “The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted.” That’s a pretty broad definition. There are people who are aiming at nothing and hitting it every time.

The second definition is “The gaining of fame or prosperity” or notoriety.

That is not a godly definition of success at all. Lots of people have fame and prosperity, but they do not have true success.

Success and greatness need to be redefined.

It’s not just doing something grand or big.

In fact, not everybody is called to do something big.

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

God has a plan and a purpose for everyone’s life.

There are no small roles or small plans there is just God’s plan for you. No competition, no comparison with anyone else. Just God’s will for you. Period.

The invitation to greatness is an invitation to be like Jesus.

 John 13:16-17 - 16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

I love this. We are invited to be LIKE Jesus.

While Jesus was loved, He was also hated.

John 15:18 - “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.

While Jeus did miracles, there was always the pull of those who had needs.

While Jesus overcome death, He had to first endure the cross.

Greatness begins when we come to the place that we realize that life is not all about us but all about Jesus.

John 15:8 (AMP) - My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples.

Greatness is found in fruitfulness. Fruitfulness is so much more than what we accomplish in life.

It is when our character and life honor God by producing the Fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT) - But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

The Desire for greatness is really a desire for significance.

Everyone wants to know that they matter and that their life matters.

Many people’s pursuit of greatness is really just a search for significance.

All of us have read stories of people who have reached the pinnacle of their profession. They have the money, have received the rewards and their lives are simply empty.

I have been a student of history. The truth is many of the people that we honor like our Presidents or people like British Prime Ministers have gotten to the end of their lives only to realize that they are a shell of themselves. Everything that they ever wanted and worked for came at too high a price and delivered very little of what was promised.

All of those who got to the top realized that the other side of the mountain is a steep drop off.

  • Years ago, God delt with my heart concerning this; all that God has really called us to be is faithful.

Sometimes significance is found in the seemingly insignificant.

~ It’s the small habits. How you spend your mornings. How you talk to yourself. What you read and what you watch. Who you share your energy with. Who has access to you? That will change your life.

Greatness happens as we are faithful in the little things.

  • Significance is found in faithfulness.

Matthew 25:23 - His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

People who will do the will of God, the right way at the right time, treating people correctly and making sure things are done well with a good attitude. – That is faithfulness.

If we are good stewards of what God gives us, He will increase us and give us more.

Remember that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek HIM.

I want to remind you that everyone has been given gifts, talents, and abilities.

Not everyone has been given the same amount and not everyone has been given the same skills. We are just called to be faithful with what we have.

We are not to compare ourselves with what others have. That is not what matters.

What is significant is what we do with what God has entrusted to us.

This month I want to give you an invitation to greatness. This has nothing to do with numbers, results, popularity, or riches. It has everything to do with faithfulness.

The truth is that many of the hero’s of the Kingdom of God are known to very few people. Their accomplishments have not been recorded in newspapers or blogs. What they have been – is recorded in heaven and know by God Himself.

There is so much more to this message that I look forward to sharing with you. I will leave you with this though. Jesus said that if you want to be great in God’s Kingdom you must be the servant of all. Remember – You are Great servant of God!

You are loved.
Pastor Marvin & Dawn

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