From whence come the great things?
Our world places great stock in the grandest and best, and as a society we find ourselves drunk on a “success syndrome.” There seem to be no moral limits on what many might do for “five minutes of fame.”
Success, however, has a different definition in the Bible. The Word of God says in Joshua chapter one and verse eight, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
God’s Word defines success as observing and doing what we have been taught from the Word of God to do. What, then, might we discover about great things?
Recently, I was re-learning the truths of the Lord’s Supper. I say “re-learning” because sometimes we should ignore what we remember about a truth and approach it as if we were digging for its truth for the first time. My setting was Matthew chapter twenty-six. Matthew in writing his takes a Jewish vantage-point and proves that the Lord Jesus had chosen an Upper Room in which He might observe the Passover meal. That meal was organically Jewish in nature. It had been given to the Nation of Israel upon their exodus from the land of Egypt. Exodus chapter twelve records that the meal was to be observed by all Hebrew generations forever.
Our Lord did not ignore the feast but kept it with His disciples. It is in this setting that something great took place. The Bible says, “And as they were eating [the regular Jewish Passover meal], Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins [the Lord’s table]” (Matthew 26:26-28). As our Lord was doing His daily task, something great took place! Seated there around the Table, Jesus took earthly bread and earthly wine to instruct His disciples concerning the breaking of His body and the shedding of His blood , therby instituting the Lord’s Supper for His church. Jesus did something great out of a common and regular obligation.
Moses did not take a trip into the wilderness to observe the supernatural and spectacular truth of the burning bush. Moses observed the burning bush as he was in the business of daily caring for his flock of sheep.
John did not anticipate the glory of that “Lord’s day” when he was “in the spirit” and viewed future prophetic truth just as clearly as yesterday’s sermon.
The little lad with the five loaves and two small fish did not envision a feast for five thousand! He was in the business of regular duties, as was our Lord.
Simply put, we need to realize that great truths take place when we are in the business of doing the daily things. Daily duties are not a grind but where find God’s richest blessing!
The Bible says, “And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also by their courses at every gate: for so had David the man of God commanded” (II Chr. 8:14).
Let us not seek success today but the Saviour! Today, let us not make greatness, but God, the goal, and find our greatest success in living for Him.