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“Do you seek great things for yourself?”

Jeremiah 45:5

 

There is a difference between striving for greatness and striving for great things for yourself.

 

The difference is divined when the heart is examined.  

 

Jesus achieved greatness because He did not seek great things for Himself.  

 

Have you read Philippians 2:6-11?

Jesus who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men … He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 

 

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (1)

 

People who seek great things for themselves are always promoting themselves.

 

People who succeed in striving for greatness empty themselves and become servants.

 

Great things perish.  

 

Greatness is remembered without effort.

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(1) The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Philippians 2:6–11.

 

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