Jeremiah 45:5 And do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring adversity on all flesh,” says the Lord. “But I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go.”
J. Oswald Sanders, a Godly man and former director of Overseas Missionary Fellowship, once wrote about a desired position. As he contemplated lobbying for the position, at one point, while walking through the city of Auckland, New Zealand, a verse of Scripture came to his mind, “Seekest thou great things for thyself? Seek them not!”
Sanders later said, “The words came just as though it was God speaking. There were crowds all around me, and no one else heard the voice, but I heard it all right!” He said, “I believe that was a real turning point in my service to the Lord.” As a result, he never sought the position, but later it was opened for him, in God’s timing.
The world’s standards of greatness — money, success, power, and fame — mean nothing to God. We will learn from Jesus’ example if we truly aspire to greatness. He didn’t exemplify His greatness by conquest, riches, or worldly success – but rather by humility, gentleness, and servanthood.
If we truly want to be great in God’s kingdom, we will decide to transform worldly “ambition” into “Godly ambition.” We will not seek honor but humility. We won’t desire power to rule but to become the greatest servant. Beyond everything, we will long to be great in His love…and through His love, influence and transform the world around us. These are “ambitions” worthy of our Lord and Savior, who, because of His great love and humility, was exalted above every other name and promised that He will humble the exalted…and exalt the humble.