I heard a quote recently that stated it is a SIN to do good when God has called us to Great.
So I did what we should all do when we here a quote I asked the question “is that true”? I thought of scripture and and the philosophical implications of that statement. I thought of a famous, and quite good, leadership book called “Good to Great”, and I came to some conclusions.
First of all we should not be fooled. This quote can not be taken as completely literal because good and great are subjective. Who is it that determines good and great? If we do it will obviously be biased and flawed. If God does then there should be biblical precedent for these things. Ultimately it would come down to particular situations to determine what good and great would be.
If it isn’t completely literal there still maybe benefit to excepting the concept that it is wrong (sin may be a bit harsh of a word for such a general statement) for us to under achieve. If God has called us then he will provide the resources and abilities to see that it happens.
So what is the quote trying to convey or accomplish? I believe that what we need to take away from this is the idea that we are called, equipped, and empowered by God to do great things, and that quite practically great things are exclusive. You can’t half way do a great thing, most of us can’t do ten great things at the same time. We can’t keep doing what we have been doing that is good and expect that some how it will one day turn into something great. Good is the enemy of Great. We are called to great things but to often we settle for good. Often times we will have to destroy something good, to put it biblically we may have to sacrifice something good (maybe that we like) in order to accomplish the great things that God has called us to (that ultimately aren’t about us).
Read Ephesians 3:20-4:1:
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
4 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
Your are Called by the one that doesn’t just do great things but the GREATEST things, and that the way in which we answer the call should be reflective of the one in which is giving the call. The doer of the greatest things isn’t calling us to do a bunch of good stuff but the specific great things he has called us to, nothing more and nothing less.