11 But we desperately want each of you to show the same effort to make your hope sure until the end. 12 This is so you won’t be lazy but follow the example of the ones who inherit the promises through faith and patience. – Hebrews 6:11-12 (CEB)
Author Jim Collins offers this wisdom in his book Good to Great, “Good is the enemy of great… Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.” The author of Hebrews says something similar in the passage above. It’s not okay just to say, I believe in Jesus so I have eternal life with God, so I’m good. Nor is this about working your way into heaven with your effort. It’s about attitude. After all that God has done for me, I don’t want to just be a good person, I want to be great for God. I want my words and actions to bring God glory.
There are days when we need to rest in the comforting assurance that God loves us and that is all we need. But there are also days when it’s time to get out there and get to it, to get to work doing little things and great things for God. Anytime we can help someone else we have changed the world for the better.
And it’s not about being the next Mother Teresa, it’s about being you, the you that God made and calls you to be, the best you.
Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline. – James C. Collins, from Good to Great
Are you settling for good? Or are you striving for greatness?
Is today a “get after it” day, or a day you need to rest?
I’d love to hear your stories of where God is calling you to move from good to great and what you are doing to get there.
Prayer: Lord, we can be confident in your love, and nothing can take that away from us. May your love inspire us to do great things for you, your people, your kingdom, your world, to your glory. Amen.