Sermon Illustrations

Jim Collins’ book, Good To Great, sold more than a million copies. The first sentence captures his main point: “Good is the enemy of great.” Collins believes that most organizations fail to become great because they are good, and we settle for good. Good is good enough for most people.

As a pastor, I think I see the same in many Christians’ lives. We read our bibles, attend church, give offerings, and pray over our meals—all good (if innocuous). But maybe the good is the enemy of the great. Could we be lulled into false security and faked contentment, and miss the end for which God gave those things?