What Is Greatness?

Due to being gone in Kansas City last week, our blogs are a tad out of order. Dr. Rick Rigsby shared a day with us before we left for Urban Entry week. Below is Mallory, a current student’s, reflection of his teachings.

Dr. Rick Rigsby spoke on something that we all think about everyday, but not always in the correct terms. He spoke on greatness; both the world’s view and God’s view. We all walk daily through our lives thinking of ways to satisfy ourselves and make ourselves great. Dr. Rigsby said, “We believe in God, we just live as if he doesn’t exist.” He is so right. We don’t speak through our actions, because through most of them, we want to glorify ourselves. The superficial life we are shown, through media and other things, looks good and feels good, but are never filling. When we chase after unfulfilling things in life we are left with nothing. When we are empty, God can use us and mold us for something greater. When it comes to the world, great people do for themselves and good people do for others. When we live by God’s word, we know that is in no way true, because the end result is to benefit ourselves. The world tells us to strive for: position, appearance, title, status, success, abilities, accumulation, and money in general. In society, definitions are carried by mythic construction. The medias goal is to manipulate our feelings into worldly activities and insecurities in our faith. They convince us that we need to go and get something to be great. Greatness isn’t determined by how much you can cram into your schedule, but by your priorities. God has a totally different view of greatness. When asked who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus answered in Matthew 18:1-4
“1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the  greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said:  “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never  enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of  this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Why does he say this? How could it be that the people we look down upon and call ignorant and small are the greatest in the kingdom and heaven? Well when you think about it, it’s quite simple.
1. Children strive to obey
2. Children seek their parents
3. Children are followers
4. Children are imitators
5.Children model what they see
You can’t be a leader untill you learn how to follow. In order to achieve greatness in the Lord’s eyes you must be a servant and submit to authority. True greatness: helps, lifts up, redeems, builds up, encourages, and fixes all that’s around. In God’s eyes, good people do for themselves and great people do for others. So tell the truth, think the best of others, and do what you say you’re going to do.
GREAT people give
GREAT Christians finish STRONG
GREAT Christians commit to purity and righteousness
GREAT Christians are vessels of honor
2 Timothy 2:20
“20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”