“Get out of the center of your world and into orbit around Christ”
“Get out of the business of great and into a life of faithfulness”
“Get out of the way and into the life”
“Get out of legalism and into grace”
“Get out of sin and into Christ”
(Click Here to listen to audio recordings of Judy’s messages from Camp Cov 2013)
One of the many things Judy shared that blessed me was the concept of faithfulness over greatness. Our world teaches us to hunger, thirst, and even lust after greatness. From a very early age, we are taught to value doing great things in life and making a really noticeable, big impact on people OVER doing faithful, small things for God and obeying Him even when no one is looking. Greatness is what we are told to admire, value and even desire in so many areas of our daily life. Through our time with Judy and in God’s word, I was encouraged to challenge my worldview (even as a Christian pastor) and to ask God to keep shaping me into someone who is more faithful to Him rather than only someone who is aiming to be good at what I do. (By the way, if we are all really honest, we pretty much fail the “greatness” test at least several dozen times every single day). While I believe we should always pursue excellence in our work, relationships, skills and endeavors; We should be constantly re-orienting our lives around Christ and seeking to be faithful to His kingdom, faithful to His teachings and faithful to the people in our lives.
Will you take a moment now and be honest with yourself about this? Where have you possibly focused more on being great than on being faithful? Where have you possibly compromised your faithfulness for the sake of greatness? In what areas is God asking you to be faithful to Him and let go of your pursuit for greatness for yourself? Take a minute to speak these out to yourself and give them to God in prayer.
May the God who considered His greatness worth abandoning for our salvation on the cross, guide us and lead us every day into the faithful life of the Spirit with Him and with His people. Amen.