The definition of great in the Bible is that you do something with your life that matters, really matters. That is you do something that changes the lives of others positively for all eternity. Obviously greatness is relative in that you can do one significant thing with your life or a thousand. We were created by God for greatness, for accomplishment, for significance, to bear much fruit with our life and that God would be pleased and glorified by what we accomplish. Great accomplishments indeed require that we do something, but the major requirement is that God would do something through us. The question is, who does He do that through? Is it random, is it simply God’s sovereign choice, is it our education or that we are super good? Jesus gives us the answer in
Mark 10:42-45. Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
The key to being great is to choose to be a servant and a slave. The definition of a servant and a slave isn’t someone who cleans the toilet, it is someone who voluntarily lays down their personal rights. Jesus was God, creator of everything and every person, yet He allowed men to torture Him, nail Him to a cross, humiliate Him, and kill Him. Everything that was done to Him was a violation of His rights, yet He didn’t open His mouth. Because He chose to do that I get to live with Him in heaven forever, and you do as well if He is your savior by faith.
In our country personal “rights” have become god. It is a woman’s right to choose what she does with her body and unborn child, it is a football players right to dishonor the American flag and our country if he chooses. People think that if we don’t protect our rights we will be walked on, but those who choose to lay down their rights as an act of submission to God will be exalted by Him and He will bless them and use them to accomplish great things with their life.
A fool thinks like the world does, but a wise person thinks like God. A fool thinks he can change things by flaunting his rights, but he doesn’t change anything for the good, only God does and He chooses to do His work through humble people who trust Him and lay down their rights. It is sad for me to see people defending or justifying the actions of fools because it is their right.