What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

The perennial question asked of small children, and older ones as well, is ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ After awhile children develop stock answers for that, and college age folks learn how to fake it too as they're trying to figure out the answer while simultaneously hating to hear the question.

‘What are you going to be when you grow up?’ is a threatening question for far too many people over 25. And that's because we have deep inside us a God-given sense that we're supposed to be special and we're supposed to do something special. That was the profound desire of the new prophet Elisha as he bade farewell to his mentor Elijah. That intuition and desire is right on the mark. The problem is with our definition of ‘something special.’

Jesus has shown us the way out of this cul-de-sac. Real greatness, He showed us, doesn't come from commanding and controlling but from serving - just the way He did. He changed countless lives, and changed the world, not by pushing people around but by caring for them, and in the end, dying for them.


That's real greatness. And it's a greatness that can be ours!

Gracious God, send us anywhere in this world You would have us go, only go with us. Send us out in the world to live and work to Your praise and glory for the sake of Your Son who died and rose again to restore the world to glory. Amen



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