Theme: The path to greatness
Written by Schadrac Junior Ondongo Bongo
Nature teaches us a lot about how our world works in general, life and established laws in particular.
When we put a seed on the ground under conditions of mild temperature and high humidity, the seed germinates. The seedling grows into a young plant with roots, stem, leaves and buds. This new plant belongs to the same species as the mother plant from which it came.
The process for the seed to reach maturity (from seed to plant while bearing fruit) can seen as the path to greatness. And the result of this is that, the seed that has reached maturity serves others through its fruits.
Greatness does not necessarily require having a great financial or material heritage, although this is a sign of greatness. But it lies in the ability we have to serve other people. Do you want to be greater? See how far you can serve other people.
The work we do to achieve greatness also depends on the paths we take. Hence, greatness is, therefore, not a position of responsibility or a particle of authority that we have, but greatness is linked to the path we have followed to reach this supposed greatness.
People say, all roads lead to Rome, that is to say, regardless of the path or routes we take, the importance is to reach the goal, or whatever the processes differ a little, the essential is to achieve the same goal, or there are often many ways to achieve a certain result or do something.
But all things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. Because if you use the glassy paths to achieve greatness, it will catch up with you sooner or later.
12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
18 The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit.
Proverb 10:2; Matthew 7:14.
Jesus Christ said:
Matthew:20 Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave.
11 The greatest among you will be your servant.
12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
A servant is the one who serves another, providing help in some manner. It's a person who dedicates his life to God.
And can only be great one who serves others in a given field. The most important man in the history of mankind (Jesus Christ) was a servant. He said, the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28).
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Saul of Tarsus persecuted church. But when he met Jesus Christ (Acts 9:3-5) his life was changed. And the Lord said to Ananias about Paul: Acts :9
”15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.
He's the one who wrote a lot of books of the New Testament; he's the one who revealed a lot of mysteries... And he says clearly, I worked harder than all of them (1Corinthians15:10). But I'm the least of the apostles (1 Corinthians 15:9); I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people (Ephesians 3:8). His path to greatness was through being a servant of others.
Biblical references speaking of humility as the path to greatness: James 4:10; 1 Pierre 5:6...
First names: Schadrac Junior
Last names: Ondongo Bongo
Online missionary on Global Media Outreach.