Great To Good
Some years ago, Jim Collins wrote a fantastic business book entitled Good To Great. Collins’ basic premise was that companies too often settle for being good enough. Instead, they should seek to be great. He went on to list some companies that were great and how they became and maintained their greatness.
However, the question I want to ask is if we, who follow Christ, should seek to be great? Is good actually good enough?
Many of you know of my increased activity over the past eight weeks or so. One of the unintentional consequences is that I have spent more time listening to podcasts.
One of the podcasts that I have been listening to is called Hardcore History. Dan Carlin spends hours discussing different points in history from all sorts of perspectives. One of his podcast subjects is Wrath of the Khans. In this five-part series, we learn about the rise and fall of the Mongol Empire as led by Genghis Khan and his successors.
While the entire series is fascinating, one thing Carlin said stood out to me. He said that throughout history, many great men have been bad men. Caesar. Alexander. Napoleon. All great men in many respects. All bad men as well. The question I think we need to ask ourselves is if we should seek to be great or seek to be good.
I think we most of us agree that God is great in a way that great men are not. He is great in that His power is awesome. Yet, He does not ask us to seek out His greatness. He challenges to see if He is good.
O, taste and see that the Lord is good. – Psalm 37:4
He wants us to experience His goodness. It’s been thee from the Beginning. When He created the world, He didn’t look at it and declare it great. He declared it good. Goodness originated with Him.
Now He wants us to taste it for ourselves. He wants to dine on what He gives us. Why? So that we can see for ourselves, once and for all, that God, indeed, is good.
Do you have trouble seeing that He is good? I understand. I’ve been there. I been blind to seeing anything but His greatness. Our enemy wants us to have a one-dimensional view of God. It keeps us from seeing God for who He truly is. He began it with Eve and he continues it in our lives today, hoping that we won’t taste what He has in store for us.
Let’s dine with God. Let’s taste and see. Let’s experience all of God’s goodness that He wants to pour upon us on a daily basis.
Let’s move from great to good.
Do you know that God is good? Have you tasted and seen that He is good?