Using Jesus as our example, greatness is defined by staying the course and fulfilling our roles in this world. We are born with a purpose, just like Jesus. It won’t always be fun and games, but the satisfaction and pleasure of helping others will far exceed the momentary smiles that come when opening a present or the short-term thrill of riding a roller coaster.
Job 36:11 says: “If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity and their years in pleasantness and joy.” Psalm 35:27 says: “Let those who favor my righteous cause and have pleasure in my uprightness shout for joy and be glad and say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, Who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
Greatness is built like a house as we stay the course of life without being distracted and deviating when the going gets tough.
Prosperity comes on the other side of life’s challenges. The reason so many people live less than prosperous lives is because they quit so often, over and over again. Because of this, many people are regularly starting over. It’s like planting an apple tree and then uprooting it every couple of years. We can be angry because our trees aren’t producing great fruit, but we’re the ones uprooting them, hindering growth.
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The next time you think about quitting, think again. Prosperity and greatness come from faithfully serving God and serving others. No I didn’t swear. Serving is not a curse word.
We have Jesus as our example, the Great I Am. Let’s not continue to fall for the lies that try to uproot us and keep us running to and fro amid a life that fosters loneliness and loss.
Let’s start a revolution by redefining greatness as something grown out of ordinary people who serve a loving God in extraordinary ways. We will change the world by finding significance in our commitments and refusing to give up—come what may.
–By Janenne Irene Pung, Women’s Group Leader & Deacon at Harvest Barn Church