You Are Nothing Less Than Great!
Not everyone who is born into this world is born to be great or even called to greater. Yet, given certain opportunities and perhaps knowing the right people could put you at an advantage over others to some degree. Thus, giving you a sense of self-pride, some level of self-worth, and air of self-confidence that can only be measured by a small temporal moment in time. But on the flip side of that coin, everyone who has been born again by His Spirit is born for greatness and born into greatness because we have been born into a Kingdom that is greater than any kingdom in the universe. It is the eternal Kingdom of our eternal God. Not only are we born into the Kingdom as new creatures in Christ, but we are born into an heirship as sons of God or sons of destiny who are privileged to walk before God as kings and priests in the Kingdom. Think about that for a minute. There is no greater heritage to receive than that which we are afforded by being born again into His eternal Kingdom.
“But, as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29)
Although we are born into greatness and the Kingdom set before us, unless we ultimately know who we are, whose we are, and what we are called to inherit, we will never possess the Kingdom. We will never be able to walk as kings and priests because we cannot possess what we cannot grasp. Nor can we grasp what we are not made aware of. How can we become great when we know nothing about greatness? We can only become great when God takes the initiative to extend greatness to us through revelation of His will for our lives. The moment He makes His will for our lives known to us or the moment we are made aware of our destiny, the process to greatness begins for us. This very process can be seen demonstrated through the life of Joseph, as he received revelation from God of his impending and exceeding great destiny that was delivered by means of a prophetic dream. Through the dream, God made known to Joseph that he would stand in a place of power, dominion, and great favor one day. In fact, it was even revealed that his entire family would bow before him in that day. Because God had taken the initiative and extended greatness to him through revelation, Joseph knew without a shadow of a doubt that he was not only born to rule, but also to reign in life.
“And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren; and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.” (Genesis 37:5-8)
“An he dreamed yet another dream, and told if his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and they brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?” (Genesis 37:9-10)
His confidence was not in what he told himself about his own life, but rather in that which God had revealed to him about his life through a prophetic dream. The very nature of the dream itself was powerful, progressive, and interwoven in sovereignty. It had the ability to change not only the course of Joseph’s life, but it was powerful enough to shift his perspective about himself and those around him. From that moment forward, no one could discredit what God had imparted into the heart and mind of Joseph. Greatness had been imparted to Joseph through the Holy Spirit. As a matter of fact, this moment was the very inception of his divinely orchestrated journey to a destiny which was so great that we still make mention of his life until this day, while acknowledging the power of God that operated in and through him to save multitudes near and far. Joseph was not called to save only his family, but it was clear that God had a greater mandate for him that encompassed multitudes from across the land. He was called to fulfill a kingdom assignment and was therefore able to preserve not only his family, but other nations also who needed what he had to offer them.
“And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for me, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” (Genesis 50:18-19)
Understanding that the nations needed what Joseph had to offer them allows us to see that the principle God uses to bring increase in our lives is infallible. (God will never deposit into us what He cannot harvest out of us.) It is obvious that the magnitude of Joseph’s destiny required him to have the mental stature of a king, which meant God would have to allow a continual flow of spiritual deposits or impartation in his life. There was no other way that Joseph could have attained to such an elevated position, except God empowered him by transforming his life to that which was suitable to rule a kingdom and governor nations. It would have been an impossible thing to accomplish had he not been hard pressed on every hand. He had to endure what could have easily broken his walk with God, if he had not been given insight into who he was and what the will of God was for his life. Joseph was able to endure all things because of the joy that had been set before him or should I say because of the revelation God had given him about the greatness of his destiny. We are able to see this same operation of the Spirit in the life of Jesus who endured all things for the joy that had been set before Him too, concerning His unparalleled destiny.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
Although everyone who is born again has been born into greatness and born for greatness, we must all mature into greatness. There is no magic trick that will make us great without the work of God in our lives. Each of us has to take our own journey to greatness. It is a progressive journey that only God can accompany us on because He is the one who makes the necessary spiritual deposits in our lives along the way, so that we might grow in His knowledge and grace.
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” (2 Peter 1:3)
From the onset of this journey, we must be willing participants from start to finish even as Joseph was. There is no cutting corners or shortcuts in reaching our destiny, especially when it is saturated in such greatness. Faith and endurance are key components that we must all possess and demonstrate as we move onward. Without these components operating in our lives, we would fall miserably short of achieving our physical place of greatness and our mental state of greatness in the Kingdom. In other words, we would be unable to fulfill the Kingdom assignment that God has intended for us. We would not be suitable to impact nations, kingdoms, and governments to bring them under the rule of God’s Kingdom, which is the sole purpose of any Kingdom assignment. In our best effort, we would only be able to impact a few local individuals because our reach and influence is always predicated on what we have allowed God to do in us and through us. The more we allow God to do in us by transforming us into the image of His son Jesus Christ, the greater our reach will be across the globe. For Jesus declared that our works in the earth would be emphatically greater than what we even know. He was making it plain to our minds that we are called to the Kingdom to be great and to do great things.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:12-13)
We must never forget that Joseph had to have the mental stature of a king in order to govern nations. He had to have wisdom, insight, and knowledge that could only come from an intimate relationship with God. His mind and heart had to be so interwoven with God, that everywhere he went and everything he did, God accompanied him along the way. It didn’t matter where he was at any given moment on his journey; the only thing that mattered was that God was right there with him. The presence of God makes the difference in our lives and Joseph knew it. So, it did not matter that he was sold to the Midianites, purchased by Potiphar to be a servant in his home, thrown in prison for false accusations, or standing before Pharaoh himself, God was with him and caused everything he did to prosper. He was able to cause Joseph to prosper in everything because Joseph allowed God to transform his life in every circumstance that he faced. Joseph trusted that God was great enough to perform that which had been revealed to him in the prophetic dream. The presence of God with Joseph made it possible for him to endure all things. It also gave Joseph the opportunity to see God’s abundant favor manifested in his life.
“And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.” (Genesis 39:2-4)
“And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shown thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art; Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 41:39-41)
This should be the very desire of each of us as we journey onward to the greatness of our destiny with God accompanying us along the way. Nothing that we face should cause us to lose confidence in who we are and what we have been called to inherit, after God has revealed it to us. Yet, we must continue to be mindful that the moment we become aware of His will for our lives, the process to greatness begins.