The world has an image of what greatness looks like. In the world, greatness is about power. It is about might. It is about being in control and being about the tell others what to do, and how to do it.
Because after all, you’re the boss. You have the strength. You have the power to bend others to your will.
Might makes right, after all.
That’s what the world tell us. That’s what the culture tells us. To be great, means to be in control. To have others do what you want. To be a the top of the food chain.
As Christians, through, what does it mean for us to be great? What does greatness look like for us?
I mean, I don’t know about you, but I want to be great. I want to do the very best that I can do. I don’t want to waste a moment of this day that God has given me, and I want to be the absolute greatest that I can be today!
So, what does that look like? Listen to what Jesus says today in Matthew 20:25-28:
But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
He says to be great in the kingdom, you must serve. You must place others ahead of yourself. You must place them before yourself.
In the world, leaders have power that they exercise over their followers. He said is not so among us. We must serve. We must humble ourselves. We must place them before ourselves.
That’s the example that He showed us. Jesus didn’t come to be served, but to serve. He is the very nature and power of God, He sat at God’s right hand, and yet humbled Himself and came to earth to serve us and set us free.
And because of that, God has glorified Him and made Him Lord of all.
So, for us, we find that if live only for our “stuff” or our greatness, we find that we aren’t really living. We feel empty and without purpose. We may have what we want, power, fame, success, but it feels empty.
When we live for others, we find life. We find greatness. We find our purpose.
Today, don’t live for yourself. Live for God. Live for others. Live to serve and glorify God.
And in doing that, you will find the greatness you were made for.
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