2010-03-26 - How to be Great
The Qualities and Blessings of Greatness ~ Part 4
Psa 122:9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
The 11th quality is that a great person gives of what he has to those in need but not that he simply gives to one or two but to all. Celebrities often have a pet cause. They give of their time and money to one good cause. I know I find myself in this trap of having a select few that I help. How many times have we passed an opportunity to help one charity by saying "Oh, I helped another one earlier this year." It's like telling one homeless person well I won't help you because I helped that other homeless guy. We ought to be careful here. We need to show wisdom and disperse our aid. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. - Matthew 25:40. One problem is that too often charity not only begins but also ends at home.
The word charity is often interchanged with love we can see this a lot in the Bible when comparing translations or meanings of words. And so St. John Chrysostom - "Charity is the scope of all God's commands" Think about it; love God, love your neighbor as yourself, and love one another. The three major commands and they all deal with love or charity.
Now we revisit the 2nd blessing with the righteousness enduring forever. Could it be that the words of my master "Well done my good faithful and servant" will echo in my heart for all eternity? Oh I long to hear that praise of a faithful servant.
Then we move to the 7th blessing, praise and honor of an exalted horn. A horn indicates power and a prosperous estate. 1 Peter 1:7 declares "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" When honor is bestowed upon us we can then in turn give it to Jesus.
Psa 122:10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
The presence of a contrast or repetition of an idea is true Hebrew poetry. And here we see that contrast. Our blessing will grieve those who once persecuted us. The wicked will go to a place where there will be gnashing of teeth. Earthly things, those that the world pursues, will perish. Think about the rich man and Lazarus story. The rich man had it all. His life was pretty good. Lazarus was a bum. His life was terrible. And then they both die. Suddenly the rich man's life is the cruddy one. He is begging for a drop of water as Lazarus once may have begged for scraps of food.
Coupling this with the New Testament's teachings summarized in the Beatitudes of Matthew 5, we see an effective checklist for us all to try to live by. And by the Holy Spirit's power, I pray that we all would live in such a way as to be great people in God's eyes. When we do and the blessings come, others will notice the character and blessings, and then we can reflect any praise back to Him.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted