“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that. But really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain
I believe Mark Twain to be correct, great people make great contributions to society. Great people do great things for people because they see the best in others. I believe the Bible is God’s Word, and that God’s written Word revealed to the human mind releases the greatness of God’s life within people.
The Power of Loving God and People
Jesus addressing the question “which is the greatest commandment” responds, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
Your thoughts, words and behavior are either positive or negative, and they influence people. Think of your thoughts, words and actions as seeds that can reproduce in people who observe and listen to you, the same kind of person you are.
Seeds Reproduce after their Kind
If your words are demeaning and condemning, you will eventually reap a harvest of people who will speak to you in like manner. Your words and deeds are the seeds you sow in the minds of others. Your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers are all impacted by how you think, speak and behave which, eventually returns to you in kind.
When you hold the Bible in your hands, you are in possession of the seedbed of truth which reveals the storyline of God’s redemptive strategy of global redemption, how He loves all He’s created and how He’s uniting all things in the heavens and on earth under the jurisdiction of Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:9-11).
God’s Word Revealed Releases Life
The Word of God revealed to the human mind releases an explosion of divine creativity that changes people. God’s plans, ideas, concepts, and principles will change you and radically transform your thinking. You are designed to walk, think and cooperate with God enacting His life-transforming ideas in the world around you for the good of society.
Your life’s purpose which God has already prepared for you, will come into view as you learn to listen and follow His inspiring voice and cooperate with Him.
Your life will influence and inspire others. Your heart will change as you are disarmed and set at ease in His immense love for you while loving and encouraging others becomes your desire.
Embrace God’s way of life, receive His truth within you and be overwhelmed by His Love for you. I have been living and learning God’s way of life in Christ since 1978 and He still never fails to amaze and inspire me. – JSP
* Featured Image: “The Sower” by Jeffrey Wells – Work Zoom