(An excerpt from our Free Ebook: “7 Steps to Realizing Your Life Purpose”)
Everywhere we go we are being bombarded with messages attempting to inspire us to live and experience our own personal greatness. Nike has their “Find Your Greatness” campaign, and it’s hard not to see their commercials and get a little fired up. I’ve always loved the saying:
“Greatness isn’t for the chosen few, but for the few that choose.”
When I first started Elevate 2 Great the entire purpose initially was to inspire people to strive for their own definition of greatness in their lives, whatever that was to them. Over time God has revealed to me through His word, what His definition of greatness is and of course it is very different from what the world tells us. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ makes it crystal clear that greatness is not what the world at large displays it as. He in fact was the most awesome example of true greatness that the world ever has and ever will see.
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:25-28
Jesus Christ taught that greatness is not found in authority, position and being in charge of the most people or on top of the biggest pile. No, greatness is found in serving others, in loving others and in humbling ourselves and putting others’ needs before our own.
“Find a way to serve the many, for service to many leads to greatness.” – Jim Rohn
I think one of most beautiful examples of this truth is found in the picture of God Himself coming down to earth in a human body, and prior to dying for the salvation of the world He washed the feet of His disciples to demonstrate His explicit command for us to love and serve others.
“So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” – John 13:12-17
So many of us read about people like Mother Teresa and think how amazing it would be to live a life so devoted to serving and loving other people, yet so few people would ever dare to attempt a devotion of their life to such a cause. We don’t stop to consider that God commanded all of us to serve. Not just a few.
The truth I wish you to understand here with this final step to realizing and living your purpose is simply that the true greatness you were created for is not the way the world defines it. It’s not about how much wealth you amass in this life. It’s not about what position or recognition you get for whatever you devote your life to. It’s simply about how much love you pour into whatever it is you do, and how many people you serve. We should never strive to inflate ourselves with pride and ego, desperately seeking recognition and approval for what we do. We should simply do our best, right where we are, loving and serving our fellow-man like God is right there watching us, because He is. Our ultimate judgement and our ultimate reward for what we do in this life will come once our time on this earth is done. Let these words be etched onto your heart so you don’t get filled with pride while doing whatever you were created to do:
IF WE AREN’T HUNGRY FOR GOD WE ARE PROBABLY FULL OF OURSELVES.
“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” – Matthew 23:12
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7
Humility is one of the most vital keys to fully realizing our purpose in this life. The main reason is that everyone was created for something different and often times we think that if we aren’t in some major spotlight or doing something that somehow directly reaches and touches hundreds or thousands of people that we aren’t as valuable as someone who is.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth. YOU are a magnificent and glorious creation! And God has great plans for YOU! Just keep in mind that “great plans” in God’s sight might not be the same as the worldly success and recognition we currently think we must possess to be happy or fulfilled.
Ask yourself this: “If I live my whole life, and when I am 75 years-old, I lead my first person to the Lord, was my life worth it? Did it have a purpose? Was it a benefit to God’s kingdom?” Well I believe that If you lived your life on earth to save one person for all of eternity, to me that answer is a resounding: YES!
“I don’t think life is absurd. I think we are all here for a huge purpose. I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.” – Norman Mailer
The reality is that only God Himself will ever know the full reach one simple act of love or kindness can have throughout all of humanity. As I stated before, our ultimate purpose in this life is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world and to share God’s love and free gift of salvation with everyone. This is the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20).
Whatever the specific purpose God created you for, the reality is that if you seek God you will find and live your purpose. Pray, study the Bible and I promise you that if you put God first things will fall into place in your life and God will guide your steps even in those times when He seems silent. Realize that God isn’t always clueing us in to His purpose at the time, the picture isn’t always clear. We often can’t see the forest through the trees as the expression goes. Learn to be patient and trust in God’s timing for your life. God’s delays are not God’s denials.
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will and; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” – Luke 11:9-10
Most importantly as you embark on your journey to live your purpose with passion, I want to reiterate the two most important instructions we are given to live the life we were created for:
LOVE GOD AND LOVE PEOPLE.
“…you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31
No matter what unique purpose God has for your life remember this:
“Let all that you do be done with love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14
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