“It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant...”
- Matthew 20:26
The way that the world measures greatness and how King Jesus measures greatness could not be any different.
To be great in the eyes of the world, one only needs “stuff.” Money, land, and power make you esteemed in the eyes of the world.
To be great in the eyes of the world, one only needs position and title. Chairman, executive, president, founder and CEO; letters the construct words that exude greatness.
Jesus disagrees. More so, Jesus destroys the notion of worldly greatness. “If you want to be truly great,” says Jesus, “be a servant.” Serve others. Do your best to promote the spiritual zeal and physical good of your fellow man.
“True greatness,” says Jesus, “does not seek to receive; true greatness seeks to give.
True greatness does not seek self-promotion; it aims to promote others.
True greatness isn't found in being served; it is found in serving others.
We see this manifested in King Jesus's life. Coming, not to be served, but to serve, He gave His life as a ransom for many. The greatest man to ever walk the earth was the god-man, and the secret of His greatness was His willingness to serve.
What makes you great? Your title? Your bank account? Your position or country club membership. None of that ultimately matters. Stuff and titles disappear. What is left is who you've impacted. Who have you've served? Who are you serving?