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Seeking Great Things
Seeking Great Things
The Lord said, “ say to him : ‘this is what the Lord says : I will overthrow what I have built and uproot what I have planted , throughout the land. Should you then seek great things for yourself ? Seek them not. For I will bring disaster on all people , declares the Lord, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.”
Jeremiah 45: 4-5
Greatness, that’s what everybody longs for to achieve. What could be greater than earning a six-digit income, driving a fast BMW, living in one of the country’s high-end communities with substantial bank reserves.
Seeking for “great things” in this world is just natural for every young man and woman in this world. They tirelessly work hard to achieve these ” great things.” But seeking for “great things” in the world may not bring glory to God. For many times these “great things” in the world serve as idols in the heart.
Seeking for “great things” may cause misery to someone’s life. If someone is obsessed with these “great things , he will do everything just to possess these great things. If he failed to achieve these “great things” inspite of his efforts , it will give misery to his heart. It will make him a miserable person. Then this is not honorable to God.
Jesus says in one of His gospels , “ to be highly esteemed by the world is an abomination in God’s eyes.” Seeking greatness in the eyes of the wicked world should never be the goal of every true believer of Christ. A true Christian must desire first and foremost that God will be glorified in his life . Seeking “great things” in this world may cause his heart to wander away from his pure devotion to Christ .
The people of this world seek these “great things” in this world They live out their lives in vain pursuing their selfish ambitions for they are living lives alienated from the knowledge of God. They are living their lives apart from the will of God , and they are not seeking to fulfill His Divine will and purposes in their lives.
What good it is if you achieve greatness in the yes of the world but you don’t have the approval of God ? The truth is everything will come to an end. Nothing here on earth is bound to last forever. Everything here on earth will be destroyed. Everything on earth one day will be melted by fire. This world has long been under God’s judgement. All earthly successes are just temporal and are not destined for eternity. Only the Kingdom of God will last for all eternity. You may find yourself great in the eyes of the world, but if you are doomed for eternity, what is that greatness for ?
Why seek for earthly greatness when in the end it will be destroyed? For us Christians, the best thing in the world is to pursue for the fulfillment of God’s purposes in our lives. For true greatness lie here, True greatness is being great in the eyes of the great and awesome God of the universe. It is better not to be great in the eyes of the world and live for the glory of God. We rather seek to bring glory and honor to God rather than seek to be great in the eyes of the wicked world. We may not become wealthy and famous in the standard of the world, but seeking to fulfill God’s will is the best way to live our earthly life. Be always reminded of what is written in I John 2:17:
“The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”