Why God Created No One To Be Average

Mike Holmes is the founder of Tithehacker. The purpose of the site is to stir up a revolution of radical giving. Stop by the site a get a copy of his free resource “The Revolutionary Art of Hacking the Tithe

Not one soul.

Especially not you.

You were created to be great! Regardless of background, age, profession, and etc.

Does this everyone feel this way? Believe it or not, deep down they do.

According to Marketdata Enterprises the total self improvement was worth $11.17 billion last year alone! With yearly growth estimates of 5.5%…and the growth is not stopping anytime soon.

In fact, in an interview with Fast Company Magazine  internationally known best-selling author Jim Collins, was asked the reasons for the success of his book Built to Last. His response was the need people have to be greater than they are:

“I never expected it to hit the way it did; and I can’t really explain the mysteries of the zeitgeist. Perhaps one factor is that it speaks to a deep human yearning to be better, always better. It turns out that a lot of people want to build something great, perhaps even enduring, as a way to find meaning in life.”

The fact is this: history and common sense prove that within the human heart longs the desire to be better.

Your Greatness Was Meant for THIS Generation

The Bible says God, “made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.” (Acts 17:26 KJV) The word “times” is the Greek word “Kairos” (KAHEE-ROS). “Kairos” not only implies time–but an opportunity to do. It means having a task at hand and using the season to get it done.

We all have a season, or time, to do a task , like David who “after he had served his generation by the will of God fell asleep” (Acts 13:36 NKJV) we all have a generation to serve–to impact.

We have the honor of serving a very entrepreneurial one.

True entrepreneurs are more than just business owners. In fact, the word “entrepreneur” is derived from an old French word, “entreprendre” which means “undertake.” So a TRUE entrepreneur is someone who undertakes some venture, enterprise, or plan and assumes responsibility for the outcome.

An entrepreneur can be…

  • An author wanting to change the world
  • A speaker wanting to make a difference
  • A musician working to be famous
  • An artist striving to be known
  • A leader wanting to take an organization from good to great
  • An athlete yearning for greatness
  • A college dropout wanting to become a business mogul
  • Or a pastor wanting to turn the world upside down!

The main criteria is this: taking the path of most resistance and assuming responsibility for the outcome.

4 Ways to Develop Your Greatness

People have different definitions of “greatness.” One definition differs from another, and who’s to say which is wrong? There is only one problem  with greatness: its when a person decides to live beneath their definition.

Beyond that there are time tested ways to develop your greatness. Don’t worry if you don’t get them all at once…they’re meant to be practiced for the rest of your life!

1. True Greatness is Found in Christ

There’s no way around it. Christ is the standard by which God measures all things. True greatness, in the Eyes of God, is found in Christ alone. In Him, we see God’s original purpose and ultimate destiny for mankind. ALL of God’s best is found in Christ–period:

“We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything…everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment.” (Colossians 1:15-17 MSG)

To get closer to Christ is to discover our greatest greatness!

2. True Greatness is Found in Service

Though there are different definition of greatness, there is only ONE thing that characterizes it: service. We WERE all meant to be great because we were all MEANT to serve.

Paul when he spoke about greatness and service said,

“Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” (Philippians 2:3-4 MSG)

3. True Greatness is Found in YOUR Sphere

Or YOUR place of purpose.

What made people like the Apostle Paul so effective in life was that he understood his purpose, embraced it, and never strayed from it. He understood his “sphere.” For instance he said:

“We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a sphere which especially includes you. For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you)… not boasting of things beyond measure,that is, tin other men’s labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere, to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s sphere of accomplishment.” (2 Corinthians 10:13-16 NKJV)

The word “sphere” comes from the Greek word “kanon” which means “a boundary or place of activity.” When we truly understand our purpose we understand our place of activity. In addition to that we also understand where our sphere ends and another person’s begins. We find our greatest fruitfulness, accomplishment, and influence in our sphere–in those things that relate to our purpose.

4. True Greatness is Found in Suffering

Or suffering for what’s right.

This kind of suffering prepares, sharpens, and fortifies. This kind of suffering is a gift:

“There’s far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There’s also suffering for Him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting.” (Philippians 1:29 MSG)

And truth is this suffering also is the best teacher of all: “My troubles turned out all for the best— they forced me to learn from your textbook.” (Psalm 119:71 MSG)

Questions: Are there any other steps to greatness we missed? What does greatness mean to to you?

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  • InciteFaith

    I always refer to John 3:30:

    “He must become greater; I must become less.”

    When we apply that to every area of our life, God will get the credit, and His image and light will reflect the things we do.

    • Great passage and thoughts. I agree 100 percent. Thank you for sharing.

    • Ooohh…you just simplified my 800+ word post into 3 sentences. I love it!

      • InciteFaith

        :)

  • floyd

    Great post! I actually wrote a manuscript several years ago titled, The Common Threads Of Greatness. I love what you’re doing. I believe it greatness is the choices made daily by the power of God based on a Biblical perspective. The greatest people in the world changed it by choosing to do the right thing, never the easy thing… Truly great people stand for what’s right and it is always about serving or protecting those God has called them to. Excellent post. Thanks.

    • It’s about having strong character and integrity. You should think about self publishing the book:)

    • The Common Threads of Greatness. Hmmm…the title alone intrigues me. I want to know what those threads are. But I am glad you enjoyed the post. I love your thoughts on greatness…Dan is right…you should self publish the book!

  • Great post Mike. To me greatness means knowing God, following hard after His purpose for me and serving others.

    • Funny…that’s God’s definition as well:) As least we know you’re on the right track lol!

      • Amen! it’s good to be on the same page with Him! (at least you know He’ll get you back on track when you fall off – and i do fall off alot..!

  • Mike, awesome. I know that personally I’ve always strived to be great. To not only follow but lead in directions that no one else wants to go. My search for greatness has been more powerful in the last year alone, then all my previous life years combined. But we have to seek the Kingdom of God first and all other things will be added on to us.

    • Juan, thank you. I love to be around people who acknowledge their “greatness gene” :) I would love to know what made last year so powerful? I mean we all have them…when we the desire becomes to great and its finally backed up by working faith…but I would love to know what is your epiphany

  • Dan thank you for the opportunity to post on your blog. Sorry I wasn’t able to get to it earlier. I was spending the day with my son and daughter and they monopolized my time. Don’t get me wrong it was time well spent. Thank you for the opportunity again to be on your blog.

    • Mike,

      It was an honor having you on my blog. I live in San Diego and think your ahead of me by 3 hours so it was still early when you sent me the email, so I was not worried. Glad you spend time with your family and hope you had a wonderful day.

  • You’ve been busy Mike!
    Another great guest post!

    Perfect timing for me to read this right now. I’m about to head to a meeting where I’ve been wondering why I’m part of this team. I mean, everyone else has so much more to offer. But I wasn’t focusing on my sphere, I was focusing on theirs. We are a team and I do have my part.
    Thanks so much!

    Love what you said about Paul not detouring from his purpose. How much more powerful would the Body of Christ be if we all embraced what we were created to be?

    • I have. The only regret is that I haven’t had as much time to devote to my OWN blog. Writing posts like these take work ( as well as the post on your own blog)

      Well I’m praying for you in your meeting. And yes focus on your sphere…God never called you to be them. And he never called them to be you.

      Make it happen! :)

      • Mike, don’t know how you do all these guest posts! I do a couple of them and it’s a pure balancing act!. :)

        • I agree! You set a great example to follow Mike.

        • Ngina to be honest I have a goal that I set that will be accomplished 8/19/13. Since I have the goal I now have to work backwards in activity to reach the goal. If I didn’t have the goal, I probably wouldn’t do as much. Hope that helps

    • TC Avey,

      You need to listen to this EntreLeadership podcast where Chris LoCurto interviews John Maxwell http://stitcher.com/listen.php?fid=17524 I think it was toward the end where they talk about getting around those who are ahead of you(“in the class room”) and how that makes you better. I think before you decide you need to listen and think about what they say:) Let me know what you think.

      • Moving out my comfort zone yet working in my strengths and growing. Great podcast. Thanks so much. Very helpful.
        I’m definitely not the head of the class right now, so I have plenty of room to grow and I’m definitely feeling uncomfortable. Thanks for this inspiring word- very encouraging.
        God bless.

        • Your in a great place. If you stay in the class and continue to grow and develop yourself then at some point you will be at the head of the class. Glad the podcast helped.

      • I gotta check that out

  • This is absolutely awesome. True greatness is found in suffering I think is my favorite. The reason it is is because through the struggle you appreciate more what you come through. This is an awesome post and I absolutely love it.

    • Mike brought the goods in this post. Glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for reading and commenting.

      • Well it your blog…I knew I couldn’t bring anything 2nd class! 😉

    • Our strength grows out of our struggle. I think it was Emerson who said that. What got me was when I realized that it was a GIFT from God. At first I was like, “Man…you can keep that gift!!!” LOL! But then I realized it was through His gift that I became (or am becoming) more than I am right now. Im not “there” but so help me God…I’m on my way!

  • I love how you emphasize that greatness begins with Christ. He is the one who is truly great, so it’s amazing that he looks at me and sees Christ’s greatness.

    • Amen! To be great requires God in the center of everything we do. Thank you for reading and sharing.

    • Thanks Loren! It’s no wonder we sing about His “amazing grace”

  • Hey, hey, hey Mr. Holmes. Lovely insights here. I totally agree. In fact, today a thought popped in my head that fits your post perfectly. It was: “You’re Not Called To Live Small!”
    Can I get an “Amen”? :)

    • What a great thought! Thank you for sharing it with us:)

    • Hey to you Marlee! :)I’m glad you enjoyed the post. And I agree…life is too short to live small!

    • Yes you can: “Amen!!!” LOL!

    • Life is too short to live a small life…Amen again!

  • Great post. I have done my best to live and work and write with these ideals in mind.

    • That’s why your a great writer Dan. Thank you for reading and sharing.

    • Thanks Dan! Now that’s a life worth living! :)

  • These two points capture my attention: “The main criteria is this: taking the path of most resistance and assuming responsibility for the outcome.” and “True greatness is found in suffering.” I believe that God did indeed create each of us to be uniquely great and suffering is part of the process. Ever thought of eating a cake just with the nutrients mixed up but not having gone through the oven. God takes us through the fire to refine us.

    Thanks Mike for such a powerful post and Dan for the space.

    • Those are great points that mike shared. I have found through the suffering God works on our character and causes us to become more and more like Him. Thank you for reading and commenting.

    • I’m really glad you enjoyed it Jep. And I’m glad those 2 points spoke to you.
      All of life is defined by this word: resistance. It took me a while to figure it out. I always wanted things to be easy and cheap. But nothing worthwhile is easy or cheap…or so I learned.
      It’s through that resistance that we become worthwhile…and yes the oven is for our benefit!