How do you view yourself?
I Samuel 18:23 – Do you think that it is a small matter to be the king’s son-in-law? I’m only a poor man and little know.
Recently, we have examined the life of David and seen several characteristics that define true greatness. I Samuel 18 gives us an additional characteristic of biblical greatness. It is interesting to see that although everyone around him was convinced of his greatness, David seemed oblivious to all of the attention and fanfare that he was receiving. As a matter of fact, the only person in Israel that seemed unaware of David’s greatness was David. He wasn’t nearly as impressed with himself as others were.
That brings us to an important principle: The person who possesses true greatness will be the last one to know it!
Admittedly that is difficult for many of us. We are much more prone to track our progress on the “greatness meter.” Unfortunately though, we are generally the only ones that believe that we have acheived prominence.
Solomon said it this way in Proverbs 27:2, “Let another praise you and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.” Paul seconds Solomon’s conclusion by stating in II Corinthians 10:8, “For it is not one who commends himself that is approved, but the one who the Lord commends.”
So today, let me challenge you to not ask the Lord to make you great, but rather to make you humble. After all, He “resists the pround, but gives grace to the humble.”