Desiring Greatness

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a stuntman more than anything else in the world. Watching movies like Braveheart, Diehard, and Terminator 2 left me with an unquenchable desire to live out the heroic endeavors unfolding before my eyes.

I remember running around the house playing out my hero’s perilous adventures…Jumping, diving, and throwing myself into the action scenes I had playing out in my mind.

One day, I sat in my Dad’s lap and asked him how those actors were able to do all of those amazing stunts and never get hurt? What my Dad told me changed the way I viewed my “hero’s” forever. He said the actors in movies don’t perform their own stunts… It was the stunt doubles who lived out the most daring endeavors of each movie.

I wasn’t mad…I wasn’t crushed… I wasn’t even upset! No disappointment of any kind hit my heart when I heard the news. My first thought was, “well, then I want to be a stunt man.”

I wanted to be the hero, the one who took the actual risk.

Think about that, when watching an action movie we are inspired by courage. We are inspired by action. We are moved and entertained by people taking danger head on. It’s really what makes an action movie worth watching.

When I was a kid, I just wanted to be great… Is there anything wrong with that? I think today’s society puts down people who truly want to be great. We look at those who want to change the world and think it’s prideful. I happen to disagree and so would Jesus. Let me tell you why.

In Luke 8 and Luke 22 the disciples are arguing about greatness and in particular, who get’s to be the greatest. Sounds like a pretty arrogant conversation doesn’t it?

Interestingly enough, when they ask Jesus about being great He doesn’t tell them they’re wrong for desiring greatness, He just realigns it to impact the Kingdom.

He calls over a little child and says to them, “Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great.”

The conversation continues later in Luke as the disciples bring it up again!

Jesus says,” For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Isit not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.

Time to preach: We are called to be servants. We are called to give. We are called to sow into others and be all about our Father’s business. It disgusts me how little I have been involved with ministries that serve right here in my own community.

I have been so focused on business, relationships, opportunities and making money that I have lost sight of what matters to the Kingdom. Is God using me? Of course. But If we truly desire to be great, if we truly desire to stand before our Father and hear the words, “well done good and faithful SERVANT.” Than we have to get into the world and serve.

Jesus gave us a command. If you want to be great, then go serve others. Let’s actually make a difference in this world..get on a local mission team through your church and spend time serving the homeless, relating to the Somali community, or mentor someone at Teen Challenge. Put yourself in an uncomfortable situation around people that aren’t like you! GO AND SERVE.

I dare you to be great. I dare you to be different. I dare you to take your eyes off what you can get out of something and look to what you can give into something.

You just might change the world.

The best is yet to come,

Ben Peterson