One of my favorite quotes.
“Greatness is never the product of giftedness, greatness is the product of faithfulness.” -Crawford Loritts
People strive for greatness. They strive for greatness in their field, relationships, hobbies, sports, etc. Those people who excel in these areas of life, others will hold up as “Great”. So, when you look at great people, what about them makes them great? Is it their drive, skill, work ethic, character? In fact, it might be all of those things and more. But I believe underneath all of those characteristics, what makes a person truly great is faithfulness.
Truly great people are faithful with the things that they have been given. Sure some people have been born with more talent than others, but talent alone can only take you so far. It is all about being faithful to develop the level of giftedness that you already have. Plenty of people have been born 6’8 and athletic, yet very few make it to the NBA. Even more so, only a handful of people get to the level of greatness that a Michael Jordan or a Lebron James is at. In the same way, there are people who are born very business savvy. There are few who go on to have successfully sustained businesses. Even more so, only a handful of people achieve the level of success that a Steve Jobs or Jeff Bezos have achieved. No matter the field, faithfulness is at the root of greatness.
The man who has been faithful to his wife and family for sixty years is viewed as a great man. The Pastor who serves his Church faithfully for forty years is viewed as a great man. The woman who has committed herself faithfully to her family and friends is seen as a great woman. The single mom, who no matter the circumstances is committed to her family, is seen as a great woman. Greatness is the product of faithfulness.
This is what Jesus teaches.
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” Luke 16:10
God has entrusted you with certain things. You are part of a family, you have a job, you have an education, you have finances, you have a business, you have a Church, you have a certain skill. All these have been given to you by God, and not only given to you, but entrusted to you. God has called you to be faithful with all that he has blessed you with.
Jesus called John the Baptist the greatest man born of a woman. This always fascinated me. There are so many great heroes of the faith. Hebrews 11 is filled with them. But I believe the reason that Jesus called John the Baptist great, is because John did exactly what God had asked him to do. He faithfully executed the calling of God for his life. He did not lead a nation, he was not a king, he did not preform miracles or healings, but he was a “voice in the wilderness” calling people to repentance. And that is exactly what God had called him to be.
God has called you to be something. Being faithful to that calling will bring about true greatness.