In this day and age there are great people and there are GREAT people. I don’t use this term lightly. There are people who were born great, ordinary people, wonderful personalities, caring and giving, modest and special. They were born with the laughter and smiles that light up the world, bringing joy to people everywhere they go even if they are weathering their own little storms. Those people are exceptional and okay with ordinary things of life, taking it one day at a time and enjoying what they have. And that’s great, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that because we sure do need a lot more people like that in the times we are living in. But than there are those people who were born to DO something GREAT. They are great because through the sweat, blood and tears, through many trials and adversities they did what no else could do or wanted to do. They did something GREAT. Of course, we also need people like that. If those people didn’t press through the hardships we wouldn’t have what we have now that so many take advantage of. For example, if Humphrey Davy never invented the lightbulb, Thomas Edison would have never perfected it and we’d still be using lanterns and candles for light. It would be as if we were living in the stone ages. If Wilbur and Orville Wright (the Wrights brothers) never invented the airplane we would be traveling on the ground or by boat to our destinations, and it would take us weeks or months to get to where we need to go instead of the 2-4 hour flights it takes now. If somone did not take the initiative to build the car engine or the car battery to make the car run, we’d still have to ride on horse and carriages. And with the luxuries we have now, like the computer or the cell phone, if all that was taken away it would be a nightmare. Everything we rely on is in the technology of this age and the ideas and inventions of others. Now bare with me because I’m actually going somewhere with this. You see, those people decided to step out, even when others may have thought they were crazy for thinking the way they did, or mocking them because they didn’t believe it could be done, that it was just there imaginations that were too much for their own limited and boxed up minds. They decided to go up against society and the limitations of what “could not” be done and they did it. No questions asked. They believed it and they made up their minds to accomplish the impossibilities and the unimaginable, no matter what the cost. Their non-wavering faith in what they believed in, many years later, resulted in people dwelling in houses that have electricity, light, they have a faster way of travel, technology beyond what anyone could comprehend. What people may have thought was impossible became the possible through certain individuals who decided to step up and stand out. Our society thrives on the technological advancements of those who believed in what they were born to do.
Now take Jesus, a carpenter, a Son born of a human being, a Man that society rejected. Why? Because He knew that He was the Son of God. He was God in the flesh. He did things that many people did not believe in or struggled to believe in, even though He did the miraculous and impossible in front of their eyes. “Look, you scoffers and scorners, and marvel and perish and vanish away; for I am doing a deed in your days, a deed which you will never have confidence in or believe, [even] if someone [clearly describing it in detail] declares it to you” (Acts 13:41, Amplified). Also the Bible says in Habakkuk 1:5 “Look around you, replied the Lord, among the nations and see! And be astonished! Astounded! For I am putting into effect a work in your days [such] that you would not believe it if it were told you.” But either way Jesus made a huge impact. He challenged those who were so-called “spiritual” and He challenged those who were sinners and unworthy to stand before a God so righteous. But which one took the challenges He gave and actually did something with it? I’ll tell you that it was those who were less likely to be voted “Spiritual Leader of the Year”. They all had a decision to make. No one was exempt. And He didn’t give each one more or less than the other. It was all the same message, one Gospel. There was not one that was holier or full of more sin than the other. They were all given the same opportunity. But it was those who believed that Jesus was the Christ. It was those who believed in the power of the message. Those who believed the impossiblities with God can truly become possible. Those are the ones that took it and became something GREAT. Maybe not in societies eyes, because they were already rejected by society. But in the eyes of the most important One…God, and the eyes of those who actually believed. Those people, through Jesus Christ, did GREAT things because they knew that their were people who needed someone who was going to do what others wouldn’t normally do. Those specific people took God’s challenge, believed in it, and made a decision to serve God, serve people, bring the Gospel to ALL the nations, and come hell or high water they weren’t going to be silenced, they weren’t going to be stopped, and they weren’t going to be persuaded otherwise. They were going to take the whole cousel of God and bring it to the lost and dieing and the people who needed a Savior. These people were GREAT! They took what many generations thought they could do without and turned it around.
Saul, who was a great pharisee, someone who imprisoned Christians and gave consent to have them killed and watched while it happened, was thrown off is “high horse” (literally) and came to the knowledge and revelation of Christ. Later being named Paul, He took that testimony and that gospel and became GREAT for Christ. He was one that didn’t stop when it was too hard or difficult. He decided that he was going to run the race until the end, even if it cost him his life. Which it did, later on. Proof that he was not just all talk and no action. I like the way James in the bible puts it, he says, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:18-20). Paul was this man that SHOWED his faith by what he did in Christ. He was ALL about ACTS!
What is going to take for many of us to make a decision for Christ? I want to do great things for God…to do that is to start where I am at now. I don’t just want to be ordinary. We were all born to be great. But it’s the decision that we make that will lead us there. Everyday I have a conscious decision to make that when I wake up in the morning, I’m waking up to go to work. And then after work, I make the decision whether I should go home or hang out or do something else. I make a decision to eat at the time I’m going to eat and so forth. It’s the same with Christianity. I wake up in the morning and decide am I going to serve Christ today or am I going to serve the world? It is a decision we all have to make. The bible says to work out our own salvation, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absense, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasures” (Philippians 2:12-13).
I decided for Christ a long time ago and I’m still choosing Him. But the decision to become great for Him still lies within us and our own ability to decide if we just want the ordinary things of life or the extra-ordinary things of life. Which is what God originally ordained for us. The GREAT commission. It’s not called GREAT for no reason. It’s a great responsibility to take on. We have to decide once and for all whose side are we on? If not God’s, then whose? You see, I have a thought that if I just do what is expected of me from society and culture, such as to settle down, get married, have children, become successful in my career and make money to live and retire comfortably, or to just be a simple ministry worker and nothing more…than I’m already empty, I’ve missed the mark that God had destined for me. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with those things, because I do desire those things…family, and a good home and be involved in ministry, and it’s great for those who want exactly that. But I just can’t help the feeling that there has to be something more. I don’t want to be recognized to be given a pat on the back and say ‘good job’. It’s more than that…I want to follow Christ to the point that there is nothing left for me but to continue following Him and when the time comes and I have to stand before Him God Himself will be able to tell me “Well Done!”
In my life right now, there is this big hole, like something’s missing. When I’m telling someone about the gospel of Christ I can’t help feeling unsatisfied. Like I want more, I want miracles, I want God’s power moving through this city and nation. I want healings, not just physically, but mentally, emotionally, spiritually in people’s lives. I want to see that happen. So I leave that person I’m talking to with an unsatisfied feeling, if they do not accept Christ, what is it that I could have done more. It’s not enough for me. In Zechariah 3:1-2 “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and satan standing at his right side to accuse him. The Lord said to satan, ‘The Lord rebuke you, satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?’ ” Those words right there are powerful, to describe a man as a “burning stick snatched from the fire!” That’s how all Christians should see a soul. What else can I do but proclaim the glorious gospel to those who are headed for the fire. Which is why I am unsatisfied, I want more. I’m not saying I want to be the greatest person, I just want to help people, I don’t want to sit back and accomplish nothing. I don’t want to be an on-looker, I want to be in the race. I feel empty without God and if I’m not doing something for Him, I can’t escape the feeling I’m missing something big, and I’m not working to the full potential God has created me to do. I was not built for sitting back, I was built to stand up! As a massage therapist and a person who is in the medical field I can say that our bodies literally were not made for sitting down for long periods of time. It’s not good for our health. We can only sit for so long, than we’d have to start doing something and putting our legs to good use. Without movement there is very little blood circulation in the body. That is the same in Christianity.
If we take a look at those people who defyed the impossible to do what they believed in doing and actually accomplished it even though they were mocked and society didn’t believe in it, than how much more can we do it if God is on our side and He is not limited by our own limitations. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to the Father” (John 14:12-13). This year…2011…is a new year…we can’t change what we did in 2010 or in the years prior. But today is a new day, and “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him’ ” (Lamentations 3: 22-24). So let’s take this year and make that great move to serve Him and live for Him with more passion and conviction than we ever have before!!!
Mark 16:15-20…..THE GREAT COMMISSION
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”