Convincing Truths About Greatness
There are people who talk well. There are others who are not good at speaking. Some people are good listeners. Some people are good at doing things. Some are good at all the aforementioned list of things we, as people, do. Others prefer to act and not talk. There’s a fascinating subject that may interest you - it’s the subject of “greatness.” So, what is true about greatness? Want to have a great or good life, or just know about what is great? Perhaps you do not want a life full of problems. The Scriptures give us some worthy words about words and actions and attitudes and more, so much more. Let’s try a short tour, and see. Some Scriptures follow.
So, what’s not so great? A few passages follow.
“Who hath woe? Who hath sorrow? Who hath contentions? Who hath babbling? Who hath wounds without cause? Who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.” - Proverbs 23:29-32 (KJV)
“Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better. The lips of a wise man are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness; and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.” - Ecclesiastes 10:11-12 (KJV)
So, babbling is not a good thing - according to the two Scriptures above, whether the effect of wine or words are foolish. Let’s look at another verse.
“But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase into more ungodliness.” - II Timothy 2:16
Above, Paul the apostle warns Timothy about babbling. So - What is great?
David talks about how great God is, often, as in Psalm 104:1, “Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honor and majesty.”
Later in Psalm 111:4 we hear, “He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.”
Psalm 145:3 says, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.”
How might we - Convince people of His greatness, grace and compassion? Several example follows.
1. God - the greatest lover.
2. So loved - the greatest degree.
3. The world - the greatest company.
4. That He gave - the greatest act.
5. His only begotten Son - the greatest gift.
6. That whosoever - the greatest opportunity.
7. Believeth - the greatest simplicity.
8. In Him - the greatest attraction.
9. Should not perish - the greatest promise.
10. But - the greatest difference.
11. Have - the greatest certainty
12. Eternal life - the greatest possession
- John Llewellyn Davies
In Genesis 1:27, 31 we read, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created he him; male and female created he them.” . . . “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” (KJV)
Mother Teresa wrote about life in the following way:
“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is dream, realize it.
Life is duty, complete it.
Life is game, play it.
Life is promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is song, sing it.
Life is struggle, accept it.
Life is tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.” - Mother Teresa
So how are we doing in honoring and glorifying God in doing as He stated? He said in Genesis 1:28a, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: . . . “
So it is, we have a Way to go to do as God said in Genesis 1:28a and as the Scriptures inform us. . . - as we are reminded in Genesis 12:2 where Abraham is blessed, as it says, “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.” (KJV)
In the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-11 Jesus reveals what constitutes blessing and so be able to be a blessing to others.
Later in I Peter 3:9 we are reminded to bless, as it says, “Do not repay evil for evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” Acts 20:35b encourages us to be a blessing, where it says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
These verses and people remind us briefly how to be a blessing. When God is properly perceived as praiseworthy and we follow Jesus and walk in the light we can bring praise to God for the good works He has equipped believers to do. As we go through and grow through this life may we learn to bless others with wholesome healing words and works that glorify God so others may be drawn to the Lord.
Thank God for His blessings, may we bless others with the Good News of Jesus Christ’s blessings to us, such as His forgiveness and His grace and truth.