Nobody wakes up and says “Hopefully today will be mediocre”.
No! We want it to be great. We want to be loved. We want to be able to hang our hats when a job’s finished and be proud of what’s been accomplished. But how do we go from just existing and breathing air to being a force of greatness? Jesus gave us that answer in the last two verses of Matthew 28:
19Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:19-20.
Those two verses can be summed up in 3 words: Salvation and Sanctification.
If you see the word of God as your standard for living, salvation (AKA Holiness) and sanctification are your keys to greatness. It starts with Jesus, then to you, and extends to those around you. Everything in the church comes back to these basics and should be a cornerstone in the decisions we make. Making and teaching disciples is how we do great things in the name of Jesus.
It’s easy to fall away from these basics and focus more on secondaries. If we’re not careful as a church, we begin to get caught up in thinking that our church’s greatness is defined by things like our level of worship, how captivating the preaching is, Sunday School attendance, or even how big our building is. As nice as those things are, they can never be a substitute for what we have been called to do by Jesus.
Does that mean we should forsake doing things like having good worship, keeping track of our attendance or having clean facilities? Absolutely not! Ephesian 6 says “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord”. If you’re being slothful (funny word for being lazy), you are not striving to be sanctified. Saving the lost and teaching them to be holy is not a task that can be done with idle hands. It requires a relentless attitude of hard work paired with complete reliance on the promises of our God.
Are you ready to be great?