Today’s Truth

Though the Lord is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar.

Psalm 138:6

Friend to Friend

He stood out like a sore thumb. Created and set apart by God for a specific task. A great task. The greatest. To prepare the way of the Lord. A human megaphone for Jesus, John the Baptist spoke words of maximum volume as he pointed others to the One and Only and prophetically authenticated the divinity and eternal nature of Christ.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, ‘This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’” (John 1:14b-15)

John knew who he was and he knew who Jesus was. He was all about Jesus. Unashamedly unique, he didn’t cave to comfort, popularity, expectations of others, or tradition. Instead, he walked in obedience to God and sought to make much of the Messiah.

He was an odd fella who ate some seriously unconventional food. I’m down with the honey that he was fond of, but I’d stop way short of snacking on locusts. Seriously. It just wouldn’t even cross my mind to put a big bug in my mouth for nutrition. Just saying.

And then there was his equally notable fashion sense. Pretty sure his clothes caused more than a few eyebrows to rise. Camel’s hair was not necessarily the fabric of choice for the average Hebrew man in his day.

Clearly, fitting in was not his forte – nor his priority.

He was different. Probably not the first one picked for the dodge ball games at Hebrew school and possibly the target of teasing. Your breath smells like stinky bugs! Who knows? What we DO know about John the Baptist is that he was born for greatness, not for average. He was set apart from the masses and was given the holy mission to make the glory of God known through Jesus Christ.

So are you.

Just like John the Baptist, you were born for greatness with a unique calling. And your calling is to know God and to show God. It is about the magnification of His majesty.

It doesn’t matter if you have cool hair, thin hair, nappy hair, or no hair. It doesn’t matter if you are a vegan, if you follow the Paleo diet, or if you eat bugs. {I lied. Bugs might matter.} It doesn’t matter if you shop at Macy’s, Marshall’s, or Wal-Mart. Whether you run with the in crowd, the calm crowd, or no crowd. None of these earthy things matter in the big picture of your call for greatness.

I hope you realize this.

We want to be great. I know I do. Yet, the trap becomes the comparison of our accomplishments, our relationships, our homes, our bank accounts, our Bible Studies, and even our churches to those around us.

We want to be the best.

We want to be the best employees, work for the biggest fortune 500 companies, attend the largest mega churches with the most popular pastors, have the hottest bodies, and parent {or grandparent} the smartest, cutest, most awesome kids.

I am so guilty!

The greatness of the call on John the Baptist’s life was, in fact, all about humbly serving and directing others to Jesus. And that is the greatness of the call on my life and yours too.

John shows us that the secret to having all the greatness we long for is found in elevating God and making a big deal of His eminence. He turned selfish ambitions upside down when he pointed us to the paradox of the Christian faith. To be great in God’s eyes, we have to get over ourselves and become the least.

Let’s Pray

Lord, Please refine me to think, respond, and live humbly. Let my life be an arrow that points to Your greatness.

In Jesus’ name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Read John 3:30, then answer this question. What is one thing you could do today that would point to the greatness of Jesus?

Visit my blog or Facebook page to share your answer. {And by the way, I can’t wait to read your answers! I’m curious like that.}

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8 Responses to “You Were Born to be Great”

  1. Tona says:

    I can be obedient to the things that the Lord has for me to do that are right in front of me. When I read the Word I won’t read just to fulfill a task but instead to know more about the goodness, sovereignty, faithfulness, grace, and mercy of my God. I will spend time in His presence and and enjoy learning about His precepts for my life. I will remember that its not my money, time, or my talent it all belongs to Him and should be used to bring HIM glory.

  2. Akosua says:

    Dear GiG please remember me in prayers because i am struggling with fear and anxiety. I have been memorising and meditating on Scriptures about fear but i feel empty in my heart. Please,please help me. God help me.

    • Rachel says:

      Dear Akosua,
      God did not give you the spirit of fear.
      I used to struggle with fear and anxiety also. A friend of mine told my to rebuke Satan in the name of Jesus! Say it and with confidence. I say it every morning and night. I don’t feel scared anymore.
      I prayed for you and I will continue to pray for you.
      A sister in Christ

    • Candi says:


      I’m praying for you, too. The Lord has shown me that while He has given us faith, hoping for what we cannot see, the enemy tries to give us fear and anxiety over things that aren’t even REAL. Ask God to let you see your world and circumstances through His eyes. When Satan tempts you to fear or worry, start praying and asking God to help you trust Him. God loves you and cares for you. Whether you can feel Him or not, God is there. He says He will NEVER leave or forsake you, sweet child of God. One song God has truly blessed me with is No Longer Slaves by Jonathan David and Melissa Helser. It says, “I’m no longer a slave to fear. I am a child of God.” I’d recommend learning it and singing it in faith. And also meditating on or thinking over all the good things God has done for you and for people in the Bible. If He delivered them, He’ll deliver you too, dear sister. Nothing is too difficult for Him. What we see as tall giants are tiny specks to our God. You can trust Him. Then someday God will lead you to help someone who’s struggling with fear and anxiety. 🙂

      Sending love and prayers,

  3. Beth says:

    Akosua, I am lifting you up in prayer that your anxiety would be gone. So many of us have this issue. When I was younger, I suffered with panic attacks. Through totally trusting Jesus to get me through as well as talking with a counselor, I am free. There are so many coping skills you can learn. Please talk to a church leader and ask for a counselor.

  4. Kat says:

    Thank you for a wonderful devotion today. You touch many lives daily. I pray for you 3 Girlfriends and those that read your daily devotions along with me. Dear Akousa, I pray for you today that you have peace and calm. God is holding you right now.

  5. Dee says:

    Today I can remember that God can do any thing but fail. I can praise him with all that I have. The past few months have had me questioning a decision I made to go back to school and pursue my dreams. I have be working in that field since August 2014 and on Monday, I was let go. Thank God for Jesus! For in His word it says ” I know the plan for you”. I may not understand that plan but thank you Lord for loving me enough to show me!

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