I’m going to be honest with you.
I want to be great.
I want to be a successful worship leader.
I want to be a great husband and father.
I want to be great at making money and providing for my family.
I want to be recognized as a leader.
I also want to give God all the glory.
I want to make His name great with every breath I breathe.
What about you?
Are you diminishing the glory of God by having personal ambition?
On the one hand, God says to David in verse 9:
“And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.”
But David turns around and says:
“Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far…? Your name will be magnified forever.”
God says he’s going to make David great. David says he’s going to magnify God’s greatness.
It’s Not A Sin To Be Great, But It Could Be
I don’t think there’s a problem if you’re healthy, wealthy, popular, or powerful.
The question is, what do you do with your greatness?
How do you pursue your greatness and God’s greatness at the same time?
As I thought about it, and peered into God’s Word, here’s what I found:
1. Pursue Greatness For the Glory of God
The Bible says to “do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.” Pure ambition to want more, do more, have more is a wrong way to pursue greatness. We should “do all to the glory of God” (I Cor. 10:31).
That tells me that anything I pursue that is not rooted in glorifying God, is wrong. It’s temporal, self-centered, limited.
Ask yourself this question, “Is what I’m doing going to bring more attention to Jesus or to my own clever abilities?” Seek to draw attention to the Master in whatever you do.
2. Pursue Greatness For the Service of Others
In what ways am I making others great?
How am I raising up the next generation and making others better?
At the end of my life, I don’t want to stand alone with my accolades. I want to stand with the people I’ve poured into.
At the end of Paul’s life on earth, he calls his disciples his joy and crown (Phil. 4:1). Not the books of the Bible he wrote, or the sick he healed, or the incredible sermons he preached.
That was his joy.
That was his honor.
That, my friend, was his greatness.
3. Pursue Greatness To Leave A Legacy
The Apostle Paul wasn’t just a great leader on earth. He was a man of greatness because of what happened after he was gone.
The church didn’t just rise and fall on Paul’s abilities.
His greatness was in leaving a legacy.
What will happen when you are gone?
Will the vision you stand for continue, or is it all about you?
History forgets people who only lived for themselves.
The remembered live and breathe a vision larger than life.
It’s Your Choice
Are you pursuing greatness for the glory of God?
Are you pursuing greatness to serve others?
Are you pursuing greatness to leave a lasting legacy?
If all you’re after is money, a name, and fame for yourself, go for it. Just don’t call it “glorifying God.”
But if you want to join the ranks of greatness, make the glory of God your highest joy.
To bring him pleasure is what you crave. To see him treasured in the hearts of others is what makes you get out of bed. To magnify the greatness of God is your highest aim.
When it comes down to it, I want MY greatness to be overshadowed by GOD’S greatness.
The ministry I do, the business I pursue, the goals I accomplish – may they serve to shine ever so brightly upon the glory and goodness of God.
Because without HIM, we can do nothing.
Question: Will you join me? How are you pursuing greatness to serve a higher purpose? You can leave a comment by clicking here.