The world teaches us by their standards that to achieve greatness, we alone must be better than all others who stand in our way and as a competitor to defeat anything or anyone that steps into our path.
The world teaches us that to be considered a real leader we must stand alone by merits of our own will and strength that others may see us as an example to which they can aspire.
As believers we have to put off the standards and ways of thinking of the world and ask, what does heavenly greatness and leadership look like?
We know that Jesus set an example in all things concerning how to live our lives and walking in favor, greatness and leadership is no exception.
Jesus made it very clear that Godly ambitions and leadership are not about serving one’s own self-interests, but serving the interests of His kingdom.
What is the one of the biggest way that we in the natural achieve this? By releasing His love, serving others and helping to restore and grow relationship with God in those who are in our sphere of influence.
I am not talking about doing good works as a means to an end, because works in of themselves in this line of thinking are usually motivated by the wrong intent.
Jesus addressed this when He instructed the disciples about fasting and praying; that if the reason is self-serving, whatever fleeting glory comes in that moment is the reward they will receive.
Our motivation has to be that which is given by Christ and our drive to do such things has to be driven by the love of Jesus at work through us.
Matthew 20 (AMPC)
25 And Jesus called them to Him and said, You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men hold them in subjection [tyrannizing over them].
26 Not so shall it be among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant,
27 And whoever desires to be first among you must be your slave—
28 Just as the Son of Man came not to be waited on but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many [the price paid to set them free].
Jesus tells us in John 15:13
John 15:13 (AMPC)
13 No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends.
I believe Jesus’ words have a dual meaning in John 15. A man can show great love by giving up his life in an encapsulated moment by which he dies for a specific purpose; which Jesus did on the cross, but I believe that the deeper lesson that Jesus is showing us is that in true love and desire for greatness in the Kingdom of God, the greater sacrifice is a daily laying down of our lives for others – loving them, serving them and uplifting them with encouragement.
The way for one to be exalted in the Kingdom of God is by exalting others. The way to be honored in the kingdom of God is to honor others.
In the Kingdom of God, nothing is self-serving. To the world, humility and meekness are weak, but in the Kingdom of God they are powerful and greater measures of grace are given to those who walk in humility (James chapter 4).
Are you struggling with knowing your purpose? Are you feeling that your God given aspirations and ambitions are not clear or are not coming to fruition?
Don’t fear, instead delight in the journey and put your eyes onto others; serving, encouraging, strengthening, teaching and most importantly loving. You will find that not only will God bring your ambitions to bear but will do so with the right motivations of heart and will fully prepare you through the process of the journey as He ultimately reveals your calling in the body of Christ.