“Being great means it’s all about you. Having a great ministry means it’s all about God.”
We were at leadership camp when the question was posed to us: “What’s the difference between greatness and great ministry. Are they the same? Or are they entirely different?” Our favorite answer was the one that a very good friend of mine gave: “Being great means it’s all about you. Having a great ministry means it’s all about God.” Wow. I’d never really thought about any of that before, never been straight-out asked to answer such a deep question. But it’s so important to know the difference, and her answer was so true. It really got straight to the point, and I’m sure it stepped on a few toes, because truth often does.
Everyone wants to be great, everyone wants people to know who they are. Most people, whether they admit it or not, want some sort of attention, some sort of fame. But in the end, that really is all about you. It comes to an end, and you have nothing to show for your life. “I was famous” isn’t going to cut it when God asks you to account for your time on earth. A great ministry, on the other hand, is the exact opposite. A great ministry is focused on what you can do for others, not on the attention you’ll get for it. It’s focused on God and how He can use you, not on what other people think of you. And in the end, a great ministry is what really matters. A great ministry lasts for an eternity.
On that note, I’d like to share a poem that I wrote in church a few weeks back. It’s based on Matthew 6 (if you care to look it up) and also on a phrase my pastor said: “You can’t take your treasure with you, but you can send it on ahead.”
“You can’t take your treasure with you,
But you can send it on before –
You can build eternal wealth
And have a heart to serve Him more.
You can live your life for Jesus,
Building riches for above;
You can show devotion to Him
By telling others of His love.
A heart that is truly devoted
Cannot help but let it show.
You can prove your love for Jesus
As along life’s road you go.
Nothing will last that isn’t done
In light of eternity’s shore;
You can’t take your treasure with you…
But you can send it on before.”