Greatness

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  “Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me.”  King David, Psalm 131

In Joshua’s memory,  Moses was the brave, steadfast leader who never forsook Israel.   If Joshua feels brave, its because Moses laid hands on him and imparted his spirit (cf. Psalm 21:6; 45:4).  Joshua witnessed the relationship between Moses and God and saw it was “mouth to mouth” (cf. Numbers 12: 6-8).   The sight of Moses descending from Mount Sinai covered with God’s glory (Exodus. 34:29-35) probably never left Joshua.

However, Moses knows there is only one who is great, God.   In Deut. 31, Moses  repeatedly reminds Joshua of  God’s greatness:

  1. It is the LORD, your God, who will cross before you
  2. He will destroy these nations before you
  3. The LORD will deal with them
  4. When, therefore, the LORD delivers them up to you,  Be brave and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the LORD, your God, who marches with you;
  5. He will never fail you or forsake you
  6. It is the LORD who marches before you;
  7. He will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you.

Moses is not content to speak about God’s greatness.  He sings about it:

“For I will sing the LORD’s renown.  Oh, proclaim the greatness of our God!  The Rock–how faultless are his deeds, how right all his ways!  Think back on the days of old,
reflect on the years of age upon age.  Ask your father and he will inform you,  ask your elders and they will tell you.   The LORD alone was their leader,  no strange god was with him” (cf. Deut. 32).

The greatness of God is passed on from generation to generation through stories.  Personal testimonies of how our God rescues and keeps His promises.

The new Moses, Jesus makes the path of greatness accessible to everyone. 

Matthew 18 states:  “At that hour, the disciples came to Jesus saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of God?”    He called a little child to him and placed the child among them.  And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”

“The true object of all human life is play.  G.K. Chesterton

So, you want to be the next Moses? Joshua? or maybe another apostle?    Jesus asks us to become children again.    What do children do?

  1. Wake up, eat breakfast.
  2. Playtime
  3. Lunch
  4. Reading time
  5. Nap
  6. Wake up, snack.
  7. Play until dinner
  8. Dinner

Sounds like a full day?   Pretty important kingdom stuff?

John the Baptist was the greatest in the Old Covenant.  His motto, “I must decrease so that He might increase.”    Zechariah predicts Jerusalem will be filled with boys and girls playing in the street (cf. chapter 8).

Aristotle wrote the best activities in life are those with no end game.

Aristotle wrote the best activities in life are those with no end game.  In other words, if I watch a football game, it has more eternal value than mowing my lawn.    That’s why the Jews rested on the Sabbath.  It was God’s way of saying, “heaven will be a playground.”

What is the best part of elementary school?  The recess of course! I wasn’t trying to accomplish anything except kick a football or play tetherball.     As an almost grown up, what is the best part of the paper?  The crossword puzzle and the sports section.

If your idea of a day off is to accomplish something, you might not be as great as you think in God’s kingdom.

Why? Accomplishments always point back to me. Instead, be like Moses and sing about the greatness of God.

 

 

 

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