“’...But a beautiful cedar palace does not make a great king! Your father, Josiah, also had plenty to eat and drink. But he was just and right in all his dealings. That is why God blessed him. He gave justice and help to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn’t that what it means to know me?’ says the LORD.”
- Jeremiah 22:15-16
What makes us great? Or what defines someone who is considered to be great, or successful? Is it their job title, or the amount of income they bring in, size of their house, or how much gas their huge Lincoln guzzles up? Perhaps to those who value such things above all else, yes these things would certainly make this type of person to be great!
However, what about through the eyes of God? How does he see and determine who is ”great” among us? Is it not those who know him, who really know him? They are the great ones, because they follow after someone who’s greatness can never be compared or exceeded. The Lord our God, no one is greater than him. When we follow after and obey our great God, will we not leave greatness behind as well?
Jesus was our example of greatness, of someone who knows God, and who was more than loving. His love for us was so great, that it lead him to die for our mistakes and turning our backs on God. When we follow God, we will not be able but help to reflect some of that greatness. And when this happens, I know that we can all be sure that we know God. Not that we will know everything, or that everything we ask of God will be done instantly, or even at all, but that through following him, our hearts will meld to his heart; Isn’t that what it means to know God?
Father God, thank you for being a great God. For making it known to us that you desire to know us, that you desire for our hearts to be melded together, for us to follow you and in turn reflect greatness – your light, to this world which can seem very dark and cold at times. Please give us the courage to seek you during all seasons, at all times. That by our actions and words, we will live out this life you have given us, letting your greatness shine for all men to see. In Jesus name I pray.