BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
No. 262
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.


WHAT IS TRUE GREATNESS?

I have a friend who has been “great” in the eyes of some people in the world.
But was she great in God’s eyes? She was a top television announcer, and she had a news-paper column. She spoke often on the radio, and she knew many rich and powerful people. Was this being “great” in the eyes of God? No, not at all. Today my friend is in a wheel -chair, she is getting old, she has serious health problems. But today she loves the Lord Jesus Christ, and is a saved person. She prays for others, and wants to serve God every day. That is great in God’s eyes, even though to the world my friend is no longer thought of as being a success - not now. She is even glad that she lost her health because she says, with tears in her eyes,
“I would never have turned to Jesus if I hadn’t gotten so sick!”
And she reckons He is better than all the riches and fame she had before. By far!

Greatness needs a measure stick. What measure would you use?
If you use a measure like the worldly people around you, you will have an idea of greatness that might not be great at all! Some people measure greatness by how hard a man can kick a football. Some others measure greatness by how much money people earn. That is real silly, I reckon! Some kids think of film stars as great, or television actors. Now they can live pretty horrible lives, so that can’t be right. What about kings and queens and presidents? Are they great? Not if they don’t worship the Lord and serve Him. Are computer experts, like Bill Gates, great?
Not if they don’t serve God and are proud and selfish.

 Some others measure greatness by how much other people help the sick or needy. That can be O.K. but it is not enough. A doctor I saw on television helped lots and lots of blind people in foreign lands to get their sight back. But this man rubbished God, and did not even believe in the Lord Jesus at all. Was that doctor great? No,  he was a godless man. We can measure greatness by human beings loving human beings - but that is not enough. No humans can really love others if they don’t love God first. He has to fill us with His kind of love for us to be really able to love and serve others.

What is your own measure stick for greatness?
Think about it?
Do you think smart kids are great, or rich people, or famous people, or big sports stars? What does God say about it?

“...but who-so-ever will be great among you, let him be your minister [ servant ];”
 ( Matthew 20:26).
God is saying that if we want to be really great people, we must serve others, and God. We must not be proud and stuck up, we must be kind and humble. WOW!

“And he [ Jesus ] sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first [ the greatest ], the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.”
( Mark 9:35).
Lots of proud people say, “I’m the greatest!” But God says the greatest one is the one who is the servant of all. Kids and adults who put other people first, and care about others because God loves them.

“For who-so-ever will save his life shall lose it; but who-so-ever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.” ( Mark 8:35).
The Lord is telling us that when we just want to live for our-selves, and get all the fame and money and pleasure we can, for our-selves, we can never be great or have true happiness. But when we give the Lord Jesus all of our life, and want to live for Him alone - then we find every-thing that can thrill our hearts. Then we find true greatness is in Him. That’s the truth!

God bless you!

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