Scriptures: 2 Kings 4:8-17
We read about a nameless woman that the Bible states was great. She was not of royal blood or great rank. She was not someone with great wisdom, did not have great beauty or save her people like Esther. Her greatness came from her spirit of service. We do not know her name, but we know of every piece of furniture she put in Elisha's room. God noticed her desire to serve.
Her greatness came from her spirit of contentment. Elisha was appreciative and he offered to do something special for her. Elisha told her he had powerful friends: the king and the captain of the host. She had the right perspective: she was thankful for what she already had. God noticed her content nature.
Her greatness came from her unshakeable faith. This woman had no children and her husband was old; Elisha told her that this time next year she would embrace a son. She had the child, but the child had an accident and died in her arms. She laid the child in the bed of the man of God; she told her husband "it shall be well and rode off to find Elisha." Elisha came and raised the child back to life: God was moved by her faith.
God's definition of greatness is very different than the world's. He looks for little acts of service: what small act of service could you do? He looks for a spirit of contentment: we must remember to be thankful for the many blessings God has already provided for us. He looks for those who pray for unshakable faith: faith that says "it shall be well."