“To which of the trees in Eden will you then be likened in glory and greatness? Yet you shall be brought down with the trees of Eden to the depths of the earth; you shall lie in the midst of the uncircumcised, with those slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude,’ says the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 31:18 NKJV)
When people seek greatness of their volition, they usually don’t care about the lives they destroy in their quest. And when they foolishly believe that their greatness is a result of either who they are or what they accomplish, they shall be brought down for all the world to see.
When God’s will for greatness is fulfilled in a person, everyone around them benefits. If people do great things for the benefit of others (not themselves), then God will raise them up for the world to see and if they are truly humble before God, their greatness will be beyond measure for it will never stop.
There are people who have been called great based on our understanding of greatness, but they were they great in God’s sight? Only He can determine the measure of their greatness which probably has less to do with our definition of greatness. But there are some things we can measure based upon His Word.
Are we seeking to promote peace within and without our immediate boundaries?
Are we promoting unconditional love for all regardless of ethnicity or gender?
Are we promoting obedience to God’s Word or are we promoting political correctness that defies God’s Word?
Greatness, our greatness, will not be measured by God by our standards, but by His and if we don’t measure up to His standards, what then have we truly accomplished?
I’d rather have His elevation for doing things His way--no matter how long it may take–for all eternity, than to have all of mankind applaud my efforts in keeping them pleased, for an instant! Only what we do for Christ will last!