walk in the word
25But 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. 26It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” — Matthew 20:25-28
Jesus said, “Whoever would be great…” He also made it very clear where greatness isn’t found. Unfortunately the world avoids Jesus’ way like the plague while we flock like lemmings looking for greatness precisely where Jesus said it wouldn’t be found.
Greatness is not found in position. If you’ve ever lost a position, you understand what a disappointing thing that can be. I’ve been fired before. Not recently, thank God, although I haven’t checked my email today. But, yeah, when I was in college, I got fired from a job—and I couldn’t argue with their reasons! Greatness may be found in any position, but no position in and of itself is great.
Greatness is not found in power. When God looks at you, He’s not impressed. He’s not looking at you and going, “Wow! You, you, you are a powerful man!” That’s not what God’s looking for.
True greatness, Jesus said, is found in serving. In Matthew 20:26 he said, “It shall not be so among you.” He was like, “It might be that way in the world, but it’s not going to be that way in my kingdom. It’s not going to be like that in my family. It’s not going to be like that in my church.” I also find that statement by Jesus really moving. It says to me that Jesus has a heart for me to be better than I am. Even though the world is constantly teaching me to do it a certain way, it’s like He’s persuaded of better things concerning me. He’s like, “You can do this better than this.”
The desire for greatness is not wrong, but it does cause some people to desire wrongly. Again, the desire for greatness is not wrong, but it does cause people to desire wrongly, to desire the wrong thing in the wrong way and the wrong amount. That’s why Jesus said,“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant.” That’s in God’s eyes. In God’s eyes, the greatest person is the greatest servant. How much of what you do today will be service?
— James MacDonald
Lord Jesus You left us a compelling example of servant leadership that we should follow in Your steps. Forgive us when we wander into serving ourselves. Forgive us when we demand that others serve us. And draw us back into that place where we actually fit, finding the opportunities and ways to serve others in Your name. Amen!
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