Welcome to Three-Peat Tuesday!
Each weekly blog will contain three P’s: Pillar, Principle and Practical, all geared towards nourishing you on your personal and spiritual growth journey.
Pillar: Origins of Greatness
“A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven”-John 3:27 (ESV)
Principle: Habits of Greatness
The pursuit of greatness is a double-edged sword. On one hand, we should all be desirous of achieving excellence since we only get one life to live. On the other hand, though, an obsession with greatness can lead to deadly pride and idolatry.
Consider the scene in the Gospels where Jesus’ disciples came to him asking, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”(Matthew 18:1) It’s hard to discern much spiritual maturity in that debate. A dangerous spirit of self-exaltation was not far from their hearts.
Does it now mean that we must avoid pursuing greatness? Surely not! Go after it with vigour and determination. Yet, there is a key to unlocking its power. It is simply this: remember the true source. Ultimately, greatness comes from above. It is an act of grace, so no one can boast.
The people who acknowledge their utter nothingness without God are on the pathway to greatness. Of course, each of us must do our part. If we just ask God to embellish the gifts that he has given us, and we do not cultivate habits of discipline, then forget it. The divine and the human must come together.
This was John the Baptist’s message in John 3:27 above. None of us can receive even one thing unless it came from heaven. Such a philosophy leaves no room for the self-made man or woman, notwithstanding all of their commendable sacrifices. Diligence without humility is short-sighted and short-lived.
Practical: Spreading Greatness
Do not let a day pass without acknowledging God and thanking him for at least one thing that he has graciously given to you. This is where greatness begins.
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