Have you met some extraordinary people? The ones you can’t use words to describe. The ones who have touched souls. We talk about them with awe, almost as if they are not even human.
What makes them extraordinary? Is it the size of their wallet, or the magnitude of their public following?
On the contrary, these are usually people known only to a few, have nothing extraordinary about material possessions, or even public acclaim. But when we encounter them, we long to be like them.
I find the one thing they all seem to have in common is a moving selflessness. They have an ability to live for something beyond themselves.
Yet we live in a world that defines success by how “popular” one is, how much wealth they have accumulated, the power of their connections, their achievements… And there is nothing evil about these things. In fact, they should be expected by every child of God.
However, these things should be tools we use, not the definition of who we are. No one walks around with their tools to show their worth.
It seems to me, that as human beings, we are happiest when we are doing what we were made to do: Being a blessing. Living beyond ourselves. Your purpose is not about you. It is always about others, and it requires a dependence on God, not self. I think that’s where it all begins: absolute dependence on God.
Jesus spent most of His earthly life in the private space, investing 30 years away from the crowds, cultivating a root system that would make Him one of the most effective people to grace the earth.
He labored publicly for only three years, and 2000 years later, He is still the most famous name on earth.
Yet even in His public ministry, He constantly sent the crowds away, and instead withdrew to a quiet place to talk to His Father. He referred to Himself as a Son of God constantly, and talked about how He only does what He sees His Father doing. He totally depended on His Father, and committed to do only what He saw His Father doing: To protect their intimacy, and to walk in obedience.
He was a man on a mission that was not really about Him – It was about others; the whole world.
In Romans 12:3 Paul writes and says “3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. ”
In this scripture, I hear a warning from Paul to us especially as we succeed: Watch out for SELF. Don’t take yourself too seriously B3. You are simply a child on God, on mission. The mission is to promote the kingdom, not yourself.
Self centerdness results in either a low self-esteem, governed by fear and dependence on self, or a superiority complex, governed by pride and high dependence on self. Both exclude God and His opinion, promoting self.
So, this is such a loving instruction, especially when we start to see some level of success: don’t think too much of yourself dear child. Remember that you here to promote the kingdom, not yourself. It is also a loving instruction when we are afraid: this is not really about you. If God has called you to partner with Him, He has also availed resources. Your part is to obey. Don’t think too highly of yourself. It’s about the kingdom.
I think we are successful when we start living toward the destiny God ordained for us. And the only way to find this out is to ask the one who made you.
We have a mandate to be a blessing, and that calls for a journey away from self, towards God’s best for us – being a blessing.
Today, regardless of your fears or successes, remember; Don’t think too highly of yourself. Instead, think highly of God and His Grace toward you, and move toward significance.