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PLUG-IN: The Greatness Principle

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Research has shown that we are all after the same thing in life. Deep inside all of us is a longing, a yearning for greatness. God also wants us to have an exceptional life. "My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." John 10:10b (NLT).

People everywhere today are looking for significance. We want to utilise what God has given us to make a difference in our lives and in the world. And God wants us to live life this way too - bigger, bolder and brighter; a life of significance and of greatness.

Jesus Himself lived His life by the principle of greatness; a principle that has the potential to make us not only great in the world's eyes, but, more important, in God's eyes. "The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." Matthew 23:11-12 (NIV).

So what is the

'Greatness Principle'?

When you bless others, God will bless you. Jesus taught that service is the path to significance and the path to God's best. "Do you want to stand out, then step down and be a servant." Matthew 23:11. To miss 'The Greatness Principle' would mean to miss out on so much of what God has in store for you. By meeting the needs of others, God meets your needs. It is never the reverse.

In addition, God has wired us for service. This is evident in a number of ways.

1. A Unique Source

It is God who empowers you to do what He has called you to do. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) says, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." You may say - you don't have any gifts, but you do. God has given at least one gift to you. 1 Corinthians 12:7 (NLT) says, "... a spiritual gift is given to each of us..."

2. A Unique Receiver

Since you have a gift, how do you discover it? Sometimes, only after you get involved, do you realise how gifted you are. 1 Timothy 4:14 (NLT) says, "Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received..." If you neglect your spiritual gift, you miss out on a life of significance and an opportunity for growth.

3. A Unique Signal

Your gifts are like muscles. You have to use them if you want to grow them. And the more you use your gifts, the more you grow in your faith. "... if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well..." - Romans 12:6-7 (NLT).

4. A Unique Service

1 Corinthians 12:7 (NLT) says, "A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other". As Christians, you are called to serve not only where you are gifted, but also where you are needed. The two go hand in hand because the goal of your gifts is to benefit others. "Give to others, and God will give to you... . The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you." - Luke 6:38 (GNT).

When you give your gifts to God, whether they are used in a visible way or behind the scenes, He gets glory and honour, you grow, and others get help. "So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. " 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NLT).