What does it take to be great by the Lord’s standards?
Hmm. I’ve been giving this much thought lately.
I thought about some of the “greats” of the Bible? One that came to mind was Naomi.
This grief-stricken widow had given herself a new name:
Yet she did a “great work”.
Here it is.
Are You ready?
She gave wise counsel to her widowed daughter-in-law, Ruth…
It was her opportunity to see that Ruth would be cared for.
Ruth also did a “great work.”
She followed Naomi’s counsel…
…and got herself a man…
…and had a baby boy.
His name was Obed.
When Obed grew up, his wife bore him a son by the name of Jesse.
Jesse’s wife bore him a son by the name of David.
He was the great great great…grandfather…
All of this came about because Naomi gave Ruth wise counsel.
This leads me back to my original question: “What does it take to be ‘great’ by the Lord’s standards?”
Apparently not a huge following. No “limelight.” Nothing that makes the entire world gasp in awe.
In Naomi’s day, I doubt very many people took notice of her discussions with Ruth. It is unlikely that CNN showed up to report the story! She had no idea of the importance of her counsel. No one could have guessed the far-reaching consequences of her words.
Yet, we find this story recorded in the Book of books…and read about Naomi and Ruth thousands of years later.
What does it take to do a “great” work for the Lord?
Obviously not as big a show as we are led to believe today!
Our “great” work may be a seemingly insignificant act – such as praying for salvation to come as a result of the emergency to which that fire truck is rushing toward.
This new disciple could become the next Billy Graham or Chuck Smith and lead hundreds of thousands into a relationship with the Lord.
And we will be clueless until we reach heaven!
Let’s not fall into the world’s trap of what success “should” be; set aside our visions of grandeur, and be content to serve wherever we are called.
I need to rethink my ideas about the “great works” God has prepared for me in advance.
Chances are, I will do them and no one will even notice…
…and that is enough!