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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?