‘I will make Nigeria great again’– these words by President Muhammadu Buhari in spite of our country’s current challenges clearly hit a public nerve.
But what does the word greatness really mean? This is something we should be very interested in knowing. I mean, if we truly intend to achieve greatness together as a nation, we should have a common understanding of what it truly encompasses.
Some will define greatness by wealth, especially in our society. You make a lot of money, or just happen to have a lot of cash at your disposal and it becomes common for people to refer to you as a great man/woman.
Others define greatness by fame. You’re popular for whatsoever reason, or just know the right people- GBAM!
A few others will define greatness by size. Big physique, big cars, or even using big grammar are signs of greatness to these people.
There’s a marked contrast between the world’s definition of greatness and the biblical definition of greatness. Worldly greatness is self-exalting (Mark 10:37). Biblical greatness is self-denying (Luke 9:23). Worldly greatness is self-assertive and linked to pride (Ecclesiastes 1:16). Biblical greatness is God-assertive and linked to humility (Matthew 5:3, 23:12; Isaiah 57:15, 66:2; Psalm 145:3). Worldly greatness extols works (Luke 18:11-12), while biblical greatness extols grace (I Corinthians 15:10). Worldly greatness seeks to lord it over men (Matthew 20:25), while biblical greatness seeks to serve men (Matthew 20:26-28, 23:11). Worldly greatness seeks the praise of men (Psalm 49:18). Biblical greatness seeks the glory of God (I Corinthians 1:29-31; 6:19-20; 10:31).
God bless you, God bless me, and God bless Nigeria!!!!!!
Written by Jaiye Johnson