2 Samuel 5:10
And David became greater and greater, for the Lord,
the God of hosts, was with him.
As Christians, we have to be careful with verses such as this one in 2 Samuel. We can easily interpret this as long as we have God in our lives, nothing but success lies ahead. In all reality, Jesus promises what many of us would consider the opposite.
He tells us we will face difficulty and hardship. Persecution in one form or another will be a part of our lives. People are going to hate us simply because of their hatred for Him. God’s desire isn’t for us to live on easy street, soaking up as much of the “good life” as we can absorb.
Our purpose is to glorify His name. Depending on how you define the term, yes, many of us will have successful lives. We will grow greater and greater the closer we grow to God. However, for the majority of us, success will look different than what we have achieved, the amount represented by our checking accounts, and the people who turn to us for advice.
I don’t think greatness is demonstrated by a status or an achievement. To me, greatness is achieved through a love for Christ, despite the circumstances and situations we face in life. Only once we have learned that Jesus is enough regardless of what we have or what we lack, does anyone who follows Jesus deserve the term great, and that should only be in their ability to point others towards the cross.