Have you ever met someone who is simply exceptional? They are loving and kind. They seem to always exude peace and joy. They are generous with their time and resources. Yet, they do not follow Jesus.
Have you ever found yourself saying, “they would make a great Christian.” Whilst I understand the sentiment. After all, they are already exhibiting many of the characteristics that we would hope a follower of Jesus would live out, it’s a little weird. We are saying, “this great person should become a Christian so their life will be a testimony to what a difference Jesus can make.”
In Daniel 1 we are given this description of Daniel and his companions.
“Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.”
Paraphrase, they are exceptional. Just about everyone of us are underachievers compared to these men. The plan of the Babylonians is to take these men and indoctrinate them in their ways so they can bear testimony to how great the god of the Babylonians is. Does that sound familiar?
Yet, who does Jesus call? Fishermen. Tax Collectors. Ordinary people. What makes them great, is Jesus. Their obedience to Him and what He does both in and through them. It is not who they were before, but what they have become in Jesus which is their testimony.
Greatness for God is not limited to your physical or intellectual giftedness, but the degree to which you are prepared to surrender to God, serve Him and serve others.
Go out this week and be great.