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Greatness is Your Destiny

from the Kingdom Man Bible Study Series

Greatness is Your Destiny

The guys at our church are meeting Thursday nights to discuss Tony Evans’ “Kingdom Man: Every Man’s Destiny, Every Woman’s Dream” and I must say it has been an enriching experience. The study is designed to empower men to exercise the God-given dominion they were created for by giving them a Kingdom understanding, vision, and perspective on their identity and responsibilities along with practical steps on how to become a man who rules his world well.

Greatness-is-your-destinyOur culture has redefined manhood by emasculating men through a re-positioning of the role. Men are portrayed as weak, self-serving, and unfocused. The Bible clearly communicates that man was created to exercise dominion over the various areas of his life, taking responsibility for himself and others entrusted to his care. When a man functions within the principles of biblical manhood, those around him benefit from his leadership and care.

The other night we discussed the topic of “Greatness” and compared earthly greatness to biblical greatness. Here’s what we learned:

What is the principle of greatness as defined in the Bible?

  • Greatness is only possible through the heart of humility, servant leadership, and becoming slaves to His will over your own ambitions for success.

Take for example Jesus’ discussion with the mother of Zebedee’s sons in the book of Matthew 20:20-28 (MSG):

20 It was about that time that the mother of the Zebedee brothers came with her two sons and knelt befor
e Jesus with a request.

21 “What do you want?” Jesus asked.

She said, “Give your word that these two sons of mine will be awarded the highest places of honor in your kingdom, one at your right hand, one at your left hand.”

22 Jesus responded, “You have no idea what you’re asking.” And he said to James and John, “Are you capable of drinking the cup that I’m about to drink?”

They said, “Sure, why not?”

23 Jesus said, “Come to think of it, you are going to drink my cup. But as to awarding places of honor, that’s not my business. My Father is taking care of that.”

24-28 When the ten others heard about this, they lost their tempers, thoroughly disgusted with the two brothers. So Jesus got them together to settle things down. He said, “You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, how quickly a little power goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage.”

Earthly Greatness Will Fade Away

Matthew 20:25-28 teaches us that men who achieve earthly greatness will fade away. Take for example professional sports where the height of recognition is winning the championship prize.They sacrifice their time with family, their bodies and endure pain and injury to win the gold, trophy or cup. However the greatness associated with their victory is short lived. They will always be recognized as the victor but their victory will fade away. New heroes arise and fall, but those who align themselves with the God will achieve greatness through God’s word.

Position Yourself to be used by God

To achieve greatness you must position yourself to be used by God as a servant to His will.

God ordained man to be great and we should not be ashamed of that fact. Psalm 8 declares that God made man a little lower than the angels and crowned us with glory and honor. We were made rulers over the works of His hands and He put everything under our feet. That sounds pretty amazing to me. However our greatness must never come at the cost of God’s glory. Greatness is the reason we were created, and the greatest we can become is in reflecting the glory of God.

To achieve greatness you must position yourself to be used by God as a servant to His will.