“Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.” Mark 10:41-44
We all aspire to make our mark on this world, to be known for our accomplishments as parents, employees, and citizens. Sometimes it becomes so important as human beings to pursue greatness that many people fall into depression when they are unable to obtain personal greatness. Greatness in itself is not a bad thing. We should aspire to greatness. The pursuit of greatness is not inherently wrong; we sin by not understanding or pursuing what Jesus defines as true greatness.
(Mark 10:42-43) The citizens of Christ’s kingdom do not seek greatness in order to achieve power over others-that is what citizens of worldly kingdoms do. Instead, as Christians we pursue greatness in order to better serve others, to meet the needs of others.
Christ Himself provides the supreme example of what it means to serve others. He willingly paid the ransom to free us from our sins. He could have used his power and glory to advance Himself at the expense of others. But he humbled himself and paid the price for justice that God demanded for us to be freed from our sins. We cannot make amends for sin, but we can serve others according to our distinct calling. In doing so, we will find greatness.
“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service……You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Be a blessing to someone today and serve, for that is where you will find greatness!