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June 17, 2014

How do we define greatness?

In our culture we see ourselves as individual so our primary devotion is unto ourself. So we become very selfish.

Then we come up with some vision for our life according to what we think is greatness, usually according to something we have seen or been told.

We say “I want to be this, have this, do this, achieve or accomplish this.”

Then we devote our life to fulfilling our vision for ourselves.

We also judge ourselves and others as to how well we or they are fulfilling what we said is greatness according to our vision for our life.

This leads to false perspective or depression.

False perspectives comes when we see ourselves or others succeeding at our vision and think ourselves or others great.

If we fail at our vision for ourselves then we get depressed and insecure, sometimes leading to anger, drugs, suicide, etc…

Jesus said that John the Baptist was the greatest man born of a woman, yet John did not care about his own greatness or vision, he fulfilled his calling from God and had passion for God.

Passion for “self” is pride, Passion for “God” is humility.

We are called to be great, but greatness is not making our own vision for ourselves and others, it is knowing and fulfilling God’s calling on our lives and standing aside as He receives more glory from our lives.



There are two types of people on earth.

Those that reject God’s plan:

They make a vision for themselves and others and then judge themselves and others by how well they fulfill that vision.

They want the greatness of this world

They fear man and not God, pleasing man and the “rights” of man rather than what is right before God.

They want to have a lot of knowledge, but don’t want or care to do what is right.

They are focussed on how they look to others and not who they are in their hearts before their creator God.

They do not think they need to repent or ask for God’s forgiveness for their sin.


Those who accept God’s plan:

Want to be great in God’s eyes and seek out His calling on their life.

Understand true greatness before God

Fear God and not man

They not only want to have knowledge and wisdom, but they are passionate about dreaming up ways to serve and love the brokenhearted to bring God glory by the work, creation and cultivation of their hands and mind.

They care about who they are before God, rather than man, and change daily, through the Spirit of God’s power, because they want to be more like Jesus

They understand that they can never deserve or earn God’s favor, so they repent to make way for the Lord Jesus to come into their heart and let His sacrifice on the cross bring them righteousness before God.


They love Jesus as Lord and Savior


Let us desire to be great before God and in His eyes as John the Baptist did. – Ethan Holub

One Comment leave one →
  1. Suzanne Kintzley permalink
    June 17, 2014 2:30 pm

    Thank you Ethan! God is good and He hears our prays and answers them!! I have been struggling with this very subject. It is so easy to get sucked into the Greatness of Self path, especially in my work, where you are constantly judged for your worth by the last deal you did, the clients you represent, and how connected you are to what is happening in our industry. These demands make it so easy to loose focus and to stop relying on The Lord for strength and guidance throughout my day. Thank you for the perspective check.

    Have a blessed day!

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