Before we knew ourselves, He knew us.
We did not form and did not come to being of our own will. Even our parents did not sit down to design us in detail. They are mere vessels, who exchanged the gifts of life as a result of coming together. There is undoubtedly higher Spiritual energy or force that made this happen and that power that transcends all human understanding is God.
That being the case, God, who is a Spirit and created us in His image and likeness, formed us for a unique purpose. Primarily to give Him pleasure and bring glory to His name as encapsulated in Revelation 4:11 and Isaiah 43:7. He also created us to make a difference here on earth by providing solutions to problems. For this reason, He gave each one a unique talent to enable them to achieve their purpose.
When you take a magnified look at the fingers, for instance, you’ll find an amazing pattern of whorls that resemble a carefully arranged wired system. In the field of biometric technology, the most important limb used to distinguish human beings is the finger because it doesn’t wear out or change over a long time (except when directly or indirectly altered).
It’s been established that no two fingerprints are the same. When we dig deeper, we’ll find that no two people have the same character traits, neither do they have equal abilities. They may have similar talents, skills and attributes but it’s never in the same capacity or proportion. Understanding this fundamental difference between people is the first important step towards pressing forth to greatness.
Unfortunately, we are not spiritually prepared from childhood to recognize our innate uniqueness. And when brought to our attention, we are not equipped to detangle the distractions and competing aspirations that lead us astray from greatness.
But then, I say often, that it’s never too late to embrace one’s greatness. The reason is that beforehand we were destined for good works.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Just so that we don’t get things mixed up, greatness, according to God’s expectation, is different from the way the world defines greatness. While some parameters like the number of souls won may apply, others won’t measure up simply because greatness comes about as a result of yielding to God and allowing Him to use us for His purpose.
It’s not defined by the magnitude of accomplishments, success, or material acquisitions. That’s why the scripture says we are His workmanship. A lot of stay at home mothers are great. So are a whole lot of kindergarten teachers. The key is walking in alignment with God’s reason for bringing you to life. Again, it’s not about money but the invaluable gift that cannot be purchased and the promise that has been redeemed.
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:4
So, when we go back to the fact that we are created in His image, we must be reminded that we are meant to be partakers of God’s divine nature – which is different from human nature. God’s divine nature is found in the Fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. And as we work to develop these attributes, the greatness in us comes to the fore.
Have you ever heard of a great coach, doctor, dad, mom, sister, pastor, etc.? It’s because they have demonstrated those attributes that have impacted lives at some point in their lives.