It’s easy to be swept up into the world’s value system, to be tempted by the lie that suggests our worth or importance is based upon a job, our level of income or even our social status – maybe even in our church circles. The Bible suggests the opposite is true. The apostle Paul reminds us that in Christ we may be rich despite our poverty and that while being void of material or temporal abundance we actually possess every good and necessary thing (2 Cor. 6:10).
Pick up a newspaper, flip on the television or surf the Web and the conventional wisdom is constantly rating and ranking levels of greatness. Don’t believe it:
“Those who have read history truly are people who ought to walk softly. O yes, you read history superficially and you talk about Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar and Napoleon and people like that, but their dynasties and their empires have gone crashing into nothingness. Someone once pointed out very rightly that the man whom you and I and the history books call ‘Alexander the Great,’ the book of Daniel calls a ‘he goat’ (Daniel 8:5), just showing you exactly where such men are and what their true size is.”
– Martyn Lloyd-Jones in Let Everybody Praise the Lord, page 169.
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