ED­I­TOR’S IN­TRO­DUC­TION

ACHIEV­ING GREAT­NESS

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When you think of “great” men and women, what sort of peo­ple come to mind? Many of us would list out­stand­ing ath­letes, best-sell­ing au­thors, fa­vorite movie or TV ac­tors, mu­sic artists, politi­cians, and so forth. That's nat­u­ral. Th­ese are the peo­ple who dom­i­nate the me­dia, and we're fed a con­stant stream of in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing their lives, ideas, habits, and pref­er­ences.

But in re­al­ity, while th­ese peo­ple may ap­pear to have a lot of ac­com­plish­ments, this raises the ques­tion: What if God’s and the Chris­tian’s def­i­ni­tion of great­ness was some­thing dif­fer­ent?

John the Bap­tist didn't earn a large in­come or wide­spread adu­la­tion, he didn't ac­com­plish amaz­ing ath­letic or in­tel­lec­tual feats, and he didn't build a com­mer­cial em­pire. John lived alone in the desert and sur­vived on a diet of in­sects. But his ac­com­plish­ment was to serve as the one pre­par­ing the way for the Mes­siah and an­nounc­ing His com­ing, call­ing the peo­ple to re­pen­tance. He was bold and un­com­pro­mis­ing. He trained dis­ci­ples who fol­lowed him and then Je­sus. He was faith­ful in his call­ing and gave his life for it. Those were the yard­sticks Je­sus used to eval­u­ate his life when He said: “Of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Bap­tist.”

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Je­sus taught that the road to great­ness is achieved by ser­vice to oth­ers: “Who­ever wants to be­come great among you must be your ser­vant.” That's

2 also what He did; He gave up ev­ery­thing and be­came a ser­vant, when He left His Fa­ther in heaven and be­came a man and lived among hu­man­ity.

We can all strive to grow into the like­ness of Christ3 by fol­low­ing Christ's ex­am­ple, read­ing His Word, and spend­ing time with Him. That's what this is­sue of Ac­ti­vated is all about.

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