Scripture Reading: Luke 1:14-15 (New International Version)

“You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord.”

Thought for the day:

There have been so many ‘great’ men and women throughout the ages. Later this year, we will witness the 32nd Olympiad in Tokyo and the terms ‘legend’, ‘all-time great’ even ‘the greatest in history’ are likely to be see in our newspapers and online. These incredible athletes have devoted their lives to their respective sports and within that particular field, I dare say that the phrases are accurate. When you see Usain Bolt easing his way along the track seemingly effortlessly running faster than any other man alive, it is tempting to say that he really is a great man. I grew up watching Daley Thompson dominate the decathlon event and to me, he really was the greatest. 

Our verse here states something altogether different. “He will be great IN THE EYES OF THE LORD.” While many would seek Olympic glory or untold wealth or fame, surely as Christians it is a far more wonderful thing to be great in God’s eyes.

One important aspect of ‘greatness’ is that the Scripture links it with humility. I believe that God sees greatness when it is clothed in a humble spirit. Jesus said “Whoever wants to be great must be a servant.” May God raise up a new generation of ‘Great’ people whose primary desire is to serve and to remain humble before a Holy God.

As you meditate on His Word today, please pray for any leaders that come to your mind. Ask God to keep them close to Him and pray against all aspects of arrogance that could potentially rise in their ministry. Devote yourself again to His service and prayerfully ask how you can find practical ways to serve Him and His Church today.

Prayer and Application:

I know that you are probably more than familiar with Luke 1:1-25, but once again today read the passage as a step toward a more disciplined approach to study. Make a concerted effort not to skip words or phrases that you know. God is more than able to speak to you through well-known passages!