In honor of graduation season and the completion of another round of standardized testing in classrooms across America, I want to offer an encouragement and a challenge to you.
Often, we are searching for the very best answer. We look at our lives and are overwhelmed by options. And somehow we assume that it is our responsibility to figure out how to rank our options: from good, to better, then best.
But I want to challenge us and encourage us to consider our options differently. What if life wasn’t about good, better, best? What if we have been studying for the wrong test?
“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 14:12-14
Jesus says that we will do greater works. But I don’t equate greater with better. Because I wouldn’t dare say that I am going to do better than Jesus. Who can top the Son of God?
Your greatness in God is not a comparison game. Your greatness in God is not about ranking your options and trying to rationally determine what is the very best choice.
Your greatness in God is about stepping into your God-given existence, using your God-given abilities, and connecting with other children of God.
God is not a rank-and-file God. God created each of us, made room for each of us, ministers to each of us, sustains each of us…and does so in a way that reaches each of us.
So if you are in a season of test-taking or testing or decision-making or answer-seeking….your God calls you to greatness in God. Nothing more. Nothing less.