Have you ever felt so small or insignificant? Perhaps, you’ve thought, “Why am I not as successful as others?”
It is in our desire to live a great life, but what does “great” really mean for us?
Recently, I heard a Grade 5 gold awardee (or the best in class) give a speech. His name is Matthew Price, and he posed a question: “What was the highest mountain before Mount Everest got discovered?” He left the question hanging, and went on to thank people and relived precious school memories, before he revealed the answer.
The answer: Mt. Everest.
It surprised me! It made me think. Indeed, even before Mt. Everest was declared the highest peak, it already was ipso facto, the highest mountain. It was already great before the world knew it.
Like Mt. Everest, we have that greatness already in us, even if people haven’t discovered it yet — even if people don’t recognize it.
Jesus said, “…whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant” (Mark 10: 43). This statement shocked the people of His time because servanthood was the anti-thesis of greatness, especially in a time when Rome was conquering lands and soldiers fought for power, honor and glory; and especially that servants did the most undignified of tasks like washing the dusty (and dirty) feet of their owners and house guests.
In God’s eyes, we are already great. We are His beloved. Many times we measure greatness and our self-worth by the world’s standards — riches, honor, fame. Yet none of those will we take in the next life. What we need is to let God’s greatness shine through us. St. Paul taught the Galatians, “no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). Our true greatness is to bring out Christ in us, in our own unique way.
Let me share with you 5 things that we should embrace to bring out God’s greatness in us.
G – Grace
I sometimes hear famous people say, “I worked hard for this, and God has nothing to do with it.” That’s really sad to hear because that statement also declares that their talents, knowledge, and their very lives are not caused by God.
We exist because of God, and all that we have, is because of His grace. In our freedom, we are called to surrender to Him, to love Him back, so we can live a great life — a life of grace.
We are invited to cooperate with His grace, especially made available through the Sacraments. Embrace Grace.
R – Reality
While we rely on God’s grace, we are also called to face the realities of the world. The reality of suffering, problems, and pain are caused by our sinfulness and society’s collective and structural sins like corruption.
Your reality is your mission. God has equipped you with a set of gifts that can transform a sad reality into a happy reality, just as God intended our world to be, before sin. Jesus knew the realities of his time when he walked on earth, and he addressed them. His mission? He declared, quoting the prophet Isaiah:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free . . .” (Luke 4: 18).
Embrace reality. What’s your reality at home? At work? Make God’s kingdom a reality in your surroundings.
E – Empowerment
We are empowered by the Holy Spirit. To live a life in the Spirit, is to live a great life. Acts 1:8 says, “you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses . . . to the ends of the earth.” We are not to rely on our strength but in the strength and power of the Spirit.
When problems become too overwhelming, rely on the power of God. Embrace empowerment.
A – Anointing
Upon Baptism, we are anointed to share in Christ’s kingly, prophetic, and priestly ministry. The king in us, is called to serve others. The prophet in us, is called to evangelize others. The priest in us, is called to make the world holy. “Christ” means “anointed one”, and as Christians we share in this anointing.
Embrace your anointing: serve, evangelize, sanctify. You’ve been anointed for a purpose, for a specific role in the greater plan of God. Whatever that role is, do great in it. Mother Teresa’s famous line reminds us: “Do small things with great love.”
T – Truth
When I think of the truth, what is foremost is God’s Word. Many think that God is silent. Well, He speaks through the Bible. The Bible is our “handbook” for greatness, precisely because it teaches humility as a great virtue. God’s Truth is that He loves us so much that the Second Person in the Blessed Trinity, in the greatest act of humility, became human, so that through Christ we may enter into the life of God.
Embrace the Truth that God loves you so much, and that the greatest thing that can ever happen to you is to be with Him in Heaven. Certainly far from the world’s standards.
Embrace grace, reality, empowerment, anointing, and the truth to bring out God’s greatness in you. You are meant for greater things (cf. Jn. 14: 12)! You are big in the eyes of God!
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