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So you want to be great? Most of us do. We want to be respected for our great intellect . . . pursued for our great abilities . . . or perhaps admired for our great looks. But when asked, Who's great? few of us would point to people who are merely great at something. Intuitively, we know that true greatness goes beyond talent, intellect, or looks. So what is it?
In this 4-part series, Andy Stanley and Clay Scroggins take their audiences on a journey through the Old and New Testaments in search of answers to the questions What does it mean to be great? And who is a candidate for greatness?
In the end, you will discover that greatness is always a choice. A choice you have the opportunity to make every day . . . if you want to be GREAT!
4 Audio CDs > Playable in a CD Player or Computer
1. A New View (Clay Scroggins)
2. Playing the Part (Andy Stanley)
3. Supporting Role (Clay Scroggins)
4. A Conflict of Interest (Andy Stanley)
What makes a person great? Is greatness defined by your accomplishments? Your level of competence? Your financial success? Jesus, as he so often does, turns our thinking upside down and challenges our definitions of greatness. In this session, we learn that greatness in God’s economy is measured by a remarkably different set of standards.
For many of us, we would prefer to achieve victory in battle than to take a towel and wash someone’s feet. The former lends itself to our customary idea of greatness. Yet it’s the latter example that is so readily taught and demonstrated by Jesus Christ. You may be great at a particular sport or a particular profession, but real greatness is measured by our willingness to use our gifts and talents for others. Mark 9:35
Some people are great at doing something or making something. And then there are others who are simply… great. But is greatness something that you’re born with or is it possible to acquire greatness? Can you choose to be great? In this session, we learn from the parable of the good Samaritan that true greatness is a choice. A very simple choice. A choice to step up and actually do something to help someone else.
The parable of the good Samaritan is a bit of a misnomer. The Samaritan wasn’t good, he was great because he chose to act in a way that demonstrated true greatness. Instead of talking himself out of helping someone in need, he chose to step up and do something. That’s what great people do. They ask “what can I do to help?”… and then they do it. Matthew 5:19; Luke 10:25-37
Our culture celebrates leading men and women, those who are in the spotlight, those who stand at the center of attention. We may remember the celebrities that win the award for Best Actor. But do we remember the celebrities that win the Best Supporting Role categories? In this session, we’ll look at a person who leveraged his skills and position to support those around him without trying to grab the spotlight. And in doing so, by taking a supporting role, he chose to be great.
Jonathan trusted in something he couldn’t see. He could have allowed jealousy and resentment to affect his relationship with David, but instead, he chose to play a supporting role in David’s life. Jonathan’s decision to choose this kind of greatness played an important role in furthering David’s kingship and ultimately, furthering the Biblical story. Why is it so difficult for us to equate Jonathan’s actions with contemporary ideas of greatness? 1 Samuel 20:4; 18-20; 18:9
Our character defines our greatness. Sure, we may know people who are “great at” something. But when we think of truly great people, it is their character… their willingness to love unconditionally or give generously… their willingness to do the right thing at all costs… that makes them great. Yet, there is a very real tension, a conflict of interest, in making decisions that may sacrifice who we want to be in order to get where we want to go. Those tests are not easy to pass. But when you hear those stories of people that choose character over accomplishments, you automatically recognize greatness.
Every decision you make and the subsequent outcome writes a chapter in the story of your life. For Daniel, the wisdom and courage he displayed to know and do what’s right, even when it was hard, demonstrated his greatness far beyond any accomplishments he may have achieved. In our journey, we can ask two questions to help us choose greatness: Who are you going to trust? Which story do I want to tell? Daniel 1:9; Proverbs 11:3