Ephesians 1:19-21 – …and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
The definition of greatness includes large in bulk or dimension, extensive or unusual degree of anything, chief, principal, of vast power and excellence, dignified, distinguished by rank and superior. There are different degrees and orders of greatness. In our case, we are exploring our greatness in Christ and our inheritance in Him and how it should play out in our daily lives in comparison to those that don’t know God and His greatness. The above scripture in Ephesians makes it clear that the degree of our greatness is according to the power that raised Christ from the dead. This greatness surpasses all principalities, powers, might and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. The greatness of a thing or person is measured by its power of influence/impact. According to the scripture in Ephesians, the greatest thing God ever did was to raise Christ from the dead and our greatness is measured by that magnitude. Friend, we are indeed the greatest of the greatest. Jesus is called the first born from the dead and we are His family.
The influence of Christ keeps increasing in every age and so does His greatness. The greatness of Christ is the yardstick for measuring the magnitude of our greatness, in every sphere of life. The question now is – how can I activate my greatness? How do we actualise this birthright that Jesus obtained for us? When a father dies and leaves a will for his children, the transfer of the properties and assets is not automatic. Steps have to be taken. There are papers and documents to sign to legalise the transfer of ownership. One of these includes the reading and comprehending of the will. Inside the will, the testator gives instruction on how he wants the will to be executed and who he wants, among his children, to execute his will. In the same way, God has given us His testaments; one of the things that He left as inheritance is His greatness and He left us instructions on how to access it.
In the Book of Genesis, God promised and made Abraham and Isaac great. In this section we will examine how they accessed the greatness that God promised, starting with Abraham. In Genesis 12, God gave Abraham, at 75 years of age, a very challenging instruction to leave his father’s house and his kindred to a land with no name. God told him that his greatness was attached to the following of the instruction that He gave him. In Genesis 26, there was a famine in the land. Isaac decided he was going to relocate and follow in his father’s footstep but God stopped him from doing so. God instructed him to remain where he was, in the midst of the famine. In both cases, a demand was placed on their obedience and they both obeyed God as much as they could. We saw that Abraham obeyed God partially by bringing Lot with him and it caused him pain and strife in the future; two times, he had to save Lot from the point of death – once from bandits and the other from the wrath of God over Sodom and Gomorrah.
Isaac, though in a difficult place, obeyed God and became exceedingly great. The common denominator here is hearing and recognising God’s voice and then obeying Him. It is not enough to say that you can hear God and then do nothing about what you hear. It is obedience to God that puts you in the position to activate your greatness. This is how these two ordinary men became and stayed great; by valuing divine instruction and following it. I want you to reflect on the many things that God has told you to do and how and if you carried them out. Remember greatness is measured in degrees. If you don’t pass the test, you do not pass to the next level of greatness.
The instruction that He gives each of us may not be the same, but the rewards are the same. It’s time to put a lot of value on divine instruction, be it from a message in church or a Word during your private time with God. I also noted from the above scriptures that Abraham and Isaac both obeyed God with an attitude of reverence and joy. It was not recorded that they waited 5 months or did other things first and then obeyed God. My observation is that a lot of people obey God eventually but this is not the case with the patriarchs; they obeyed God immediately and with the right attitude. As far as they were concerned, other things could wait until God’s instructions were obeyed. All of this results in making greatness your reality. Hearing and obeying God’s voice with joy and with the right attitude is the key.
For Further Study
Genesis 12:1-4, Genesis 26:12-14.
Personal declaration for the day
Today, I will obey the Word of God promptly and reap the rewards of greatness.
Questions for you to reflect on
How attentive are you to God?
How obedient are you to His instructions?
With what attitude do you obey God?
Do you know that your level of obedience determines how your greatness unfolds?