One of my seminary professors preached a powerful sermon. In it he argued that the greatest temptation for most of us is not to do that which is wrong. Many of us have that temptation, but it is not the greatest one. The greatest temptation is to do that which is “good” rather than that which is “great.”
Here the temptation is to attempt to accomplish good things rather than accomplishing your God given purpose which for you would be great.
We all have been called to a particular work by the Most High God. Like Jeremiah, God knew us before we were born and apointed us for a particular work. (Jeremiah 1:5)
Now this work is not always easy. It may not be the work where you will make the most money. It may not be the work where you will gain the most noteriety. It may not be the work that grandma, momma, and daddy want you to do.
Now you may have a natural ability for this work, but remember we are not talking about being “good” at his work, we are talking about doing a God-given “great” work. It will not be easy to move from Good to Great. This requires more ability than you have. In addition, it requires more power and endurance than you have. In short, your God given task is something that requires your faith so that you can grasp ahold of the one who is mighty and desires above all things to bless us. We will literally not be able to see where God is taking us unless we look by faith. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
You will be tempted to only do that which you could have done without the Spirit of God empowering you. But God has enough of the “good,” God needs someone willing to follow God into “greatness.” Some Christians use their own power and end up coming short of where God wants to take them.
God needs someone to speak to Pharoah to let my people go (Exodus 5:1), but many would instead speak to their freinds and collegues abouth how they wish they could go. God has placed in someone’s heart to start agencies to feed thousands when there are not enough funds to accomplish this, but instead they settle for giving a dollar to the man on the side of the street. If you can see it, if you can understand if fully, if you totally know the way, then you might be settling for “good” rather than pushing to “great.”
Good may get you accolades, good may cause someone to pat you on the back, but great will unsettle the “present evil world.” (Galatians 1:4) Great will throw the evil one’s kingdom off its foundation (Acts 17:6). “Great” will do what “good” can’t even attempt.
Stop settling for good, God has called you to great. Be like Abraham. God found him in a good situation. He was comfortable living in the land of his parents in Ur. (Genesis 12:1) But God had other plans for Abraham, and God has other plans for you. God called him to go to a land that Abraham didn’t know of, the promised land. IN leaving, Abraham was making that long trek from “good” to “great.
God has called you to greatness, stop settling for good.