Most of us dream of fully using our lives and gifts and circumstances for some great work or accomplishment.
The only problem is… it is RISKY business… that means there is the real possibility of failure, injury, loss… even death. This is enough to turn most of us off. This is enough to shut most of us up. This is enough to shatter dreams, break morale, and chain most of us into an existence far less than it could have been. This is enough to press us to trade fulfillment and glory and purpose for mediocrity, restlessness, and a growing list of shoulda/coulda/wouldas. I love that line in Pink Floyd’s song: Wish You Were Here:
Do you think you can tell?
And did they get you trade your heroes for ghosts? Hot ashes for trees? Hot air for a cold breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?
The teachings of Jesus are always calling us to greatness in God… the only problem is… it is RISKY business as well. Look at what he teaches in Matthew 6:31-33:
do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’, indeed God knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
The first step to greatness in God is checking our ‘self’ at the door to the Kingdom. Jesus makes it very clear, it is not about us. We are called to live for God… and in the process we must sacrifice a lot of the self and stuff we have constructed in our little worlds of selfish walls and worry. God wants each of us to know that we DO have a major part to play in the Kingdom of God. And even a ‘walk on’ part in God’s plan is more major than any ‘lead role’ we could provide for ourselves in the ‘safe’ cages of our making.