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Matthew 20–Serving=Greatness!

on January 24, 2012

Jesus set out for Jerusalem.  On the way, He foretold 5 things about his impending death and resurrection.  Two things stand out to me about this: 1. He knew about His death and willfully headed in that direction. 2. All that He promised came true and they were things out of His control.  He did not manipulate the prophecies.

Then James’ and John’s mother came to Him and asked if her boys could sit at the places of honor on the right and left of His throne in Heaven. Probably if Jesus had told her yes, they would have argued about who got the throne on the right!  (Reminds me of a Little League parent!)  Greatness is on a lot people’s minds.  I want to do great things!  I want my kids to grow up to do great things!  Facebook statuses and tweets are filled with 140 characters of greatness.  And if we aren’t desiring greatness for ourselves, we at least want to link ourselves to someone who is doing great things.

Is this desire to be great wrong?  That depends.  Do I want to be great for my own glory?  Do I want to be great because I think I deserve to be great?  It is important that I remember that Jesus is the main character in history (His Story), and I am a supporting character in a small scene.  I can fulfill this role in a great way if I do it His way.  And when I do things His way–He gets the glory!

So how does Jesus qualify greatness?  Matthew 20:26-28 has the answer; “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.”  Jesus says if I want to be great, I must give up my life for others and serve everyone.  Or as Dr. Thomas L. Constable says it, “The cross must precede the crown.”

And just to drive the point home, as they were leaving two blind men called out to Jesus. They acknowledged His kingship and their need for His mercy.  Immediately they were healed.  The King of kings served them.

Father in Heaven, please let me serve like Jesus.  Please give me a humble, selfless heart.  Please help me be great at showing mercy to others.  And let me serve for no other reason than to bring You joy!

One response to “Matthew 20–Serving=Greatness!

  1. I just listened to Nancy Leigh DeMoss on Revive Our Hearts (1-31-12) and she added the word humility. Humility+Serving=Greatness. The Lord showed me that is a key truth. I often serve out of duty or reputation, but that is not greatness at all. Humility is the first ingredient in greatness.

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