Do Something Great

Do Something Great

At what point in your life did you stop dreaming about the great things you might someday do in your life? 

Research tells us that as we grow out of childhood, the pressures of life and the negative feedback that comes in through critical responses dulls our creativity. This process of diminishing belief in the basic construct of humanity, as established by God through His infinite wisdom, not only stifles creativity but also leads to retarding our belief of what we can accomplish.  This is because the ability to create compels us to be bold and confident in our visions.

So we move into our lives as young adults and beyond, and at some point we learn of Christ and accept Him in our hearts through belief. With the onslaught of attacks on our hearts and minds, it’s miraculous that we are able to find the faith needed to believe in Jesus, whom we never seen, and to believe on Him in such a profound manner.

Then we begin growing in grace in a local New Testament church where the preaching of God’s Word is faithfully proclaimed. We spend time in the Word of God and on our knees talking to our heavenly Father.

If all goes well and life doesn’t defeat us too much, we’re able to mature into adults with character, education, some wisdom and a decent charisma of personality.

Now we move beyond adulthood into parenthood, we incur responsibilities and before you know it we simply don’t have the time or energy to pursue greatness. 

And what does that do to our relationship with God? 

Well, the answer is in the Bible in Psalm 78. Actually, the answer is Psalm 78 as it tells of the demise of Israel’s collective heart and how they turned back from God time and again. How they allowed the inner critic of the flesh to dominate their requests before God, until he gave them over to their own fleshly lusts and desires to be destroyed by their own devices.

They provoked and grieved Him and verse 41 tells us they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

As we grew into mature Christians, we got to know our God. We have seen His hand in our lives and can testify of the great things He hath done. But along the way, familiarity became our nemesis. We discovered a new foundation, but the problem is we brought to that paradigm our old sinful flesh. Finding ourselves less than pampered as we have come to expect, we retreat to our familiar and comfortably enclosed lives where we grotesquely eat our manna and gnaw on the quail so generously provided. 

All the while, the land of Canaan lay before us waiting for us to simply come in and take it. The Promise Land of our purpose and destiny, the full reward of our accumulated gifts, talents, energies and prayers sets three feet away but we can’t get outside enough of ourselves to step into it. 

We haven’t matured into our new roles enough to command them, allowing them to command us. I speak of parents who let their kids and their schedules run their lives to a point of defeating them at the height of their greatest potential.

We’ve allowed our lust for habitual delicacies numb us to the power that comes from fasting, our sensuality for soft garments and voluptuous jewelry has tainted our inner grit to do the hard thing that it might yield the fruit of righteousness and success. 

Instead of maturing in Christ, we manured in Christ. Yeah, I said it. We took a dump on our King. We matured in the world, in our material wealth, in our social stature and our strongholds and tacked on a knowledge of God to round things out. 

When in reality, God calls us to total and unmitigated dependence on Him.

It’s funny. The greatest power in the world, universe, heavens and earth calls upon us to simply allow Him to do for us on our behalf, and we reject the offer because it means we’ll have to lay down our pride and wrap ourselves in a cloak of humility. 

And so, the creativity is stifled by the world we grow up in and by that which we allow ourselves to be clothed by. Stifled creativity is self-perpetuated into a dulled sense of wonderment and disbelief til we get to the point that for all our learning and knowledge, we have gained nothing more than a safety net made of cheap thread.

And the mere mention of doing something great at 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 or 90 years of age seems preposterous and even damaging to our oh so sheltered existence.

But we count not the cost of being found poor stewards of our gifts, forgetting the time shall come both in this life and the next, when we will hear Him say Thou wicked and slothful servant…

For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 3And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

We have all been given a blueprint for what we should accomplish here in this life. It’s ingrained in our DNA and will someday testify against us, to our shame. 

And we’ll someday see with clear vision just how meaningless and putrid, pathetic as well as immature our decision making process was that led us to present our Saviour with an empty box rather than a gift that would glorify Him. 

It’s Christmas time as I write this. Imagine the pain that would coarse through your veins if all you could give your children this Christmas were empty boxes. Imagine the pain of opening gifts from your own children, loved ones and relatives and inside was nothing but a note that read: “This is how much I think of you and your creative abilities.” 

And there it is, the real reason we innately pass on doing something great for God. We are thumbing our noses at Him to show him He is responsible for all the pain, persecution and proclivity towards suffering that our lives have brought to us. Not realizing that God has been leading us all along, to the place where we belong, dead-smack in the center of His will.

Matthew 7:22-27 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

As a Pastor and preacher of righteousness, I am simply here to warn you and if allowed, to guide you into the eternal rewards you have waiting for you. Those rewards DO NOT begin when you get to heaven. They have every potential to begin right now, right here.

Yes, you can blame your childhood for you not reaching your full potential. Yes, you can blame your choices, your path, your influences, whatever you like. But those excuses are now and will be then, bleak in the shadow of Calvary where your sins and those who have sinned against you were all made irrelevant. 

Greatness is not only within you, it’s currently your biggest burden. If you die with that greatness in you, you will have to answer for it. 

There is a book that’s called “Die Empty.” It’s a secular look at this topic but its greatest advice cover to cover is in the title. 

Not yielding to the Lord and what He has literally bled and died to accomplish in you grieves his great heart and stirs His righteous wrath. 

Psalm 78 ends with these verses:

65 Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.

66 And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach.

67 Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim:

68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.

6And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever.

70 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:

71 From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.

Since I was a young boy til now and for the rest of my life, I will be plagued by my destiny. It has taken me nearly half a century to find it, train for it and begin executing it but I will tell you that no greater joy has ever been received than walking in God’s abundant will for one’s life. 

I was gifted with the ability to look at everyone, and I mean everyone, and see greatness in them. I’m bound to the vision for with each new face I meet, I inherently see what they could be. It compels me to give, to serve, to encourage and to rebuke with passion and full confidence that they have the means to ascend to that place. 

In you I believe. Sight unseen, I know you were designed with a winning blueprint and the only one who can fully materialize that blueprint is God. 

He gave us the church as the place to go to work out that blueprint, deploy it and share it. But we’ve lost sight of our purpose. We are all out there either trying to fulfill the lusts of our flesh under the auspice of going good or we’re trying to “build the kingdom” for a King that hasn’t yet arrived and who is bringing with Him his own kingdom anyhow. We are totally missing the point. 

And for those critics who say we should forsake the pursuit of purpose in our lives and sacrificially only focus on heavenly rewards, I say to that person that they are either the impetus of many people’s lives looking like train wrecks as they try to establish them in such doctrine or I simply shake my head knowing they mean well but don’t have a clue how God intends for us to spend our time on this Earth. 

The manifestation of our greatest purpose, as it’s encoded in each one of us, by letting God inhabit our vessel and work through it is the very process by which eternal rewards are procured. 

Our job is to be more like Christ, so He can bring His power into the equation and perform that work He eluded to when he told Nathanael Ye shall see greater things than these. And when He informed all of us that we can do all things through Christ. I mean why else would He tell us that He came to give us life and to give it to us more abundantly.