Theme For Open Heavens Devotional December 8 2020 – Greatness Is Influence
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: Philippians 2:9
READ: Philippians 2:9-11
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
When we talk about greatness, we are talking about influence. You cannot call a man great if he has all the money in the world but nobody likes to obey him. My mother used to pray for me thus: “You will call one person and many people will respond”. She did not need to literarily say that I would be great even though that was what the prayer meant; all she had to say was that I would be a man of influence and the greatness was sure, when the Bible was talking about the great woman of Shunem, it records that when the Prophet asked if she would want a recommendation to the king or the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, she replied that she did not need assistance in that regard (2 Kings 4:13). She was a woman of influence.
Since greatness is influence, then I’m sure you know that the one who is greater than the greatest is the Most Influential One. So, how great is our God? According to Philippians 2:9-11, our God has influence on earth and influence underneath the earth. He also has influence over the wind and sea. Mark 4:41 says the wind and the sea obey Him. He has influence over fire; He can turn the fiery furnace to an air-conditional room.
The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. Proverbs 21:1
The above passage says that God is so influential that He has complete control over the most influential people in the world. There is no area or person over whom our God does not have influence-none!
Now, when God wants to make someone great, what He does is to give the fellow some of His influence. We see that very well in the case of Jesus Christ. After Jesus had paid the price for the redemption of man, God’s reward to Him was influence. This tells us one thing: the way to true greatness is to please God. I can confidently say by God’s grace that I am a great man because I strive to please Him every day of my life. Do you want to be great? Surrender all to Jesus and He will endow you with His glory (John 17:20-22).
Seek true greatness.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Romans 8-10
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 12: I AM THINE OH LORD.
1. I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
2. Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.
3. Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend!
4. There are depths of love that I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee.