Radio 2’s Beatles Bank Holiday leading on to ramblings on greatness.

They’ve dedicated this whole bank holiday weekend to them. Realistically it’s unrealistic; but it’s been outstanding. They’re just the most amazing band evur.

It’s interesting how God chooses to bless certain individuals with extraordinary talent, like heaps of it. Others include:

Obviously there are many more if I try to think of some more, but you get the gist.

When I find out about someone I tend to idolise them (wrongly) and want to follow everything they do and say. If only I could keep that up with Jesus! It’s the best option. He’s the guy who changed the most, has been written about most, has the most followers, made the biggest difference in everything. No one is bigger than Jesus (yourself included Mr. Lennon).

Do we search for greatness, just like the disciples did because we are made in God’s image and he is greatness?

Apparently 1 in 4 people think they are great, possessing some sort of unique world changing talent, ability or gift.

Do we all want that greatness and crave it to an extent? Is it positive, or purely a craving for pride and self gratification?

They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.

Jesus flips all our natural thinking right on it’s head;

Jesus called a child over and said, “This is the truth: unless you become like a little child, you will never enter God’s kingdom. Only those who understand how small they are compared to God’s greatness will be important in God’s kingdom.”

The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.

This whole way of thinking is completely contrary to the way we naturally think and feel. It sounds nice in theory, but is impossible (without God) to live by.

But God hasn’t given us gifts for no reason, he wants us to use them (parable of the talents?).

I suppose praying needs to be the first thing we do. It makes sense if you want something to talk to the one who can make it all happen, and the one who knows best, and the one who gives gifts. Look at Solomon, he was the wisest man who ever lived. He asked for wisdom and it was given to him.

James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

This has been a rather lack-lustre journey of finding out about greatness. I ask for wisdom, and will continue to ask for it.

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