In a society where greatness is discussed as the athlete who excels or the business executive that makes big bucks for his/her company, I wonder if we know what greatness really is? We will look at true greatness over the next few weeks as we explore the great things of God. What is true greatness? What is brave, courageous, worthy? Does society have it right or wrong?
These are good questions and they can be somewhat addressed by watching a sporting event. The announcers will call Lebron James great because he raises the level of his team. They will call a player courageous because he/she makes great plays and excels in athletic prowess. They will proclaim a player the "king" because of skills, size, strength, dexterity or "having a head" for that sport. But are any of these things really great? Are the great pastors on TV or serving mega-churches? A better question might be, what does God think is great, because God's opinion is the only one that really counts.
Why is God great? What is great about the great commandment, the great commission, the great requirement and the great promises of God?
Maybe, great describes a person who places others before themselves. As we celebrate our independence and freedom, lets ask, "Who are those great people that founded, affirmed and protected our freedom?" And, who is the one who gives us true freedom?
"Let them know that you alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth!" Ps. 84:18 NRSV