It is generally common on Earth to see people who seek to eke out a living the easy way. Students would want to pass examinations and get certificates without passing through the rigours of learning and studying. Business men and women would want to succeed in their various businesses by cutting corners and not willing to walk the tight rope of success.
Look around you and see if the brother or sister sitting near you has been successful in life. Find time and ask him\her about the journey to his\her greatness. Surely, it will marvel you how tedious and tortuous, how exacting and exerting, the journey has been so far. They will all tell you that it has not been easy.
In Matt. 3: 13 – 14, Our Lord Jesus painted a great picture when he went to John the Baptist to be baptized. John almost declined baptizing him. He wanted Jesus to take a short cut to his greatness. At verse 15 Jesus pressed on John to baptize him to “fulfill all righteousness”
Immediately after this baptism, the Father who sent Him, registered His approval of His mission on earth, “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased” verse 17
Soon after Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights, and was hungry, the Devil presented three short cuts to the Lord’s greatness. Jesus rejected them all (Matt. 4: 1 – 11)
In Matt. 20: 20 – 23, the mother of James and John (the sons of Zebedee) wanted to have a short cut to her sons greatness.
At verse 24, the other ten were greatly displeased with the action of the two.
Moses refused to take the short cut to greatness but chose to wander with the Israelites in the Wilderness
Joseph refused to relish in the bounties in pharaoh’s house. But rather chose to suffer with the prisoners. At the appointed time, he rose to the greatness he was destined to attain.
Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego all chose to keep their integrity intact rather than serve the idols of their captors.
In doing this, they were all able to run and cover the entire race of faith without fainting, and the Mighty God whom they served never abandoned them.
Do we want to be truly great? Then we must be prepared to pass through the cocoon of greatness avoiding the short cuts which are often very wrong cuts.
May the Good Lord give us the grace to forsake the wrong cuts and pursue the full course of greatness to enable us remain truly great in Jesus’ name – Amen
UYO TOWN CHURCH OF CHRIST, 20 PAUL BASSEY STREET, UYO
SERMON PRESENTED BY BRO. U. T. JIMMY ON 20TH JAN., 2019