Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” Taking a child, He set him before them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, “Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me.”
Mark 9:35-37 NASB
True greatness is serving others, putting them before yourself. When you serve the lowest person in Christ’s name, you serve not only Christ but the Father who sent Him.
We view the great as those who should be served. God’s idea of greatness is unlike ours – it’s the opposite of ours.
The greatest thing we can do is serve others. Serving others is serving God.
To achieve greatness in God’s kingdom, serve others. Follow the example of Christ.
God is not like men, lording His greatness over us. In fact, His greatness is displayed in the same way He tells us to live here: Jesus came not be served but to serve. And in His grace, he shows us how deep the root of sin is in our lives – so deep that our idea of greatness is completely self-centered, while true greatness is completely other-centered.
Jesus gives me the truest example of greatness. Only His grace can destroy selfishness in me and make me truly great.
When we forget this, we become focused on self at the expense of the life God wants us to live and at the expense of those around us.
The selfish root of sin in us needs to be destroyed. We need to become other-focused.