No one woke up this morning wanting to be a loser. We want the world to notice us. We want to be recognized for what we do and who we are. We want to be great. If you want to hear Jesus say you’re great, then you’re gonna have to start serving. Let me explain.
Jesus’ disciples thought they were great. They certainly weren’t superior men. His disciples were lowly fishermen that came alongside Jesus (the epitome of greatness) and thought they were great by association. In Matthew 20 Jesus threw them for a loop. James and John wanted to sit on either side of the throne in the Kingdom. What they associated with greatness was a position, not a posture. Jesus changed the definition of greatness for the rest of history with his comments in vss. 25-28. He told them greatness would be marked by those who would give up their own personal wants and desires to serve their fellow man. Greatness, as defined by Jesus was all about posture. The posture of service.
Jesus didn’t just give a new definition of greatness he became the definition. This is what I love about Jesus most. He didn’t just command us to do something. He showed us how to do it and it started with the reason He came to earth. Verse 28 says,”for even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Is it a struggle to respect your boss this week? Jesus showed us how to respect those who we think don’t deserve it. Struggling to love those who are unloving? Jesus showed us how to love them by loving us at our worst.
So, you want to be great? It starts by serving those around you. Not sure you’ll get the praise from people you want now but I guarantee you’ll get the praise from our Savior in due time.