Wikipedia defines Greatness as a concept of a state of superiority affecting a person or object in a particular place or area. Greatness can also be referred to individuals who possess a natural ability to be better than all others. Christians have been advised to strive towards greatness and this in line with biblical injunction and can be found in Genesis 1 vs 28;
“God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
By the virtue of the position of being a Christian, we are poised and positioned for greatness. We must come to terms that God has positioned the average man to influence and domineer the world.
Greatness was personalized and typified in the book of Genesis 37 4 – 17 where the Bible tallied about Joseph and how he was hated by his siblings. Not knowing the level of animosity that the brothers have for him, he told the brothers of the dream he had.
God destines everyone and the ability to understand that challenges that one faces as a human refines the individual for greatness. People today lead anyhow life today and when you try to talk to them or encourage them to change their way of live the typical response is ” it’s my life ” , the have refused to understand come to terms that the life they lead isn’t theirs only. The life we lead would be of reference point to others.
In Genesis 40vs14, highlighted the story of Joseph again , when the Bible made us to come to terms that greatness comes with trouble. Joseph has been wrongly accused of adultery, envy etc. This challenges to the ordinary eyes would be seen as torture , impediments or challenges but of course in the hands of God , it was a refinement for Joseph, a move that made him to elevated from an ordinary Jewish slave to the second in command of Egypt after pharaoh!
The brothers of Joseph was of the opinion that they are doing him harm but never knew that they are aligning him with the greatness to come. One mustn’t see every set back as a challenge !
The another reason that majority of Christians are not blessed is because of their secret mind. Lord sees the heart, when a Christian has bad intentions like jealousy, covetousness, wickedness and pull him down syndrome etc , these attributes would have a way of hindering the greatness of that particular Christian. For any christian to have any iota of intentions of greatness, one must come with a clean heart and sincere motive.
The ability to handle every situation is imperative for Christians as blessing attracts troubles. The ability for Christians to take responsibility of their lives matters in the areas of blessing. It is very important that Christians understand how they deal with everybody and how they engage everybody. This was demonstrated in the book of Genesis when the Bible described Abraham’s association with his household and how he made everybody feel wanted and loved. This is one of the factors that positioned Abraham as a great man and father of all nations ( Judaism, Christianity and Islam )
According to Vander Williams , he opined that “This is the perspective we must understand. If Joseph becomes a runaway slave or sleeps with Potiphar’s wife, he ultimately steps out of God’s plan and he loses his position in God’s”
Humility is another factor for an average Christian to consider oneself for greatness . A pharmacist told me a personal story on how he was a proud person but the first day he entered theatre made him to eat the humble pie. In his words, he said that ,human being is nothing and one must understand that the ability to serve is one of the major ingredients of greatness. Humility is the key . One shouldn’t let pride to remove what God has given to him. Humility and patience are things that every man that is itching for greatness most get used to. Joseph was in the position to banish the brothers on their former account selling him out as a slave ,but he cried and forgave them. Joseph demonstrated humility when he unveiled himself to his brothers and cried.
“Life is a long lesson in humility” said J.M Barrie , The Little Minister .
Leading a careless life is one way that hinders the Christian path to greatness. Some destinies are messed up due to the kind of life some Christians lead and the laws of chase and effects would come into effect. It is imperative to understand this concept, Christian or not, the ability to have a purposeful life is one sure way to get to greatness. Joseph demonstrated this in his forgiveness of his brothers ! Genesis 50: 15 – 21
Christians must see most of the negative situations from a positive perspective. The need for us to understand that most of the challenges we have as individuals positions us to greatness. The ability for take criticism as a Christian shouldn’t be seen as animosity or hatred but the need for the individual to do more. One must have the ability to accept and understand genuine criticism as a Christian.
“A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing” Albert Einstein
Fred Obetoh ( Pst)
Faith Cathedral Minsitry,
Egbeda , Lagos – Nigeria