by Pastor Mark Jordan
What makes one great? For some, it is how many people a powerful person has that serves him or her. I love how author William Arthur Ward put it, “Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character.” As great as Ward’s observation is, he is far from the first to proclaim it.
In Matthew 23:11-12, we read these great words of Jesus, “The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (ESV). Greatness is not about how much others can do for you, but based upon how much you can do for others. Now don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t replace or secure your salvation; rather, it’s a response in assurance to what God has done for you in Christ.
Don’t be deceived about what indicates power and prestige. We serve a Lord who before His last meal did not ask those around him to bow down and lift Him up; nope, he knelt, washed their feet, and proved that loves inspires someone to even the lowliest tasks of grace.
How might you serve today? Who might you seek to lift up, knowing it is ultimately the Lord? Do it, and experience something truly great!
Prayer: Dear Lord, in a world that pushes entitlement, help me to see that greatness doesn’t come from what I can get out of someone or something, but what I can give. I want to follow Jesus’ lead and serve. Help me, dear Lord, and it’s in Christ’s holy name I pray. Amen.