“But whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19, HCSB).
Greatness is a status to which all of us aspire in some form or fashion:
a great leader,
a great teacher,
a great parent,
a great athlete,
or even a great human being!
We want to climb mountains, ride the river rapids, fly high in the sky, or race fast on the ground!
We aspire for greatness; we endeavor to achieve great things!
What’s more, God wants us to be great, but He wants us to be great in His Kingdom!
But greatness in God’s Kingdom is not measured by how many souls we’ve won, how many good deeds we’ve performed, how many times we’ve read the Bible, how many scripture verses we can quote, or even how many church services we’ve attended.
One’s stature in God’s Kingdom is determined by simply practicing and teaching the commands that God gave and were fulfilled in Jesus.
In other words, God’s great ones walk what they talk and practice what they preach! God’s great ones are obedient to the commands of God’s Word and the leading of His Spirit.
And what’s great about greatness in God’s Kingdom is that all God’s people can be great!
Greatness in God’s Kingdom is not reserved for just a select few with big accomplishments. Actually, greatness should be the identifying characteristic of every citizen in God’s Kingdom.
If you are a disciple of Jesus, you are destined for greatness in eternity by obedience to God’s commands in this present life!
“I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength” (Ephesians 1:18-19, HCSB).