Many people spend their entire lives in search of greatness. When do you know you have achieved greatness? What is and who defines greatness?
We live in a world that defines greatness as having it all, getting the higher paying job, or being number one.
God’s view is quite different.
In Mark 10:43b-44, Jesus says, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.”
Wait a minute Jesus, did I hear that right? You want me to be a servant in order to become great?
Serving and servant hood are the complete opposite of what comes to mind when we think of greatness. We don’t see this depicted in movies or on television. Our sports stars go out of there way to tell us how great they think they are, and the business world is full of people, pushing and shoving, trying to get to the same place – the top.
Over in John 13 we see Jesus and His disciples gathered for passover. They are in a borrowed upper room partaking in what we now call communion (I would assume their bread was better than those little pellets we get at church).
Supper had ended, and the disciples were arguing about who would be the greatest in God’s kingdom. If you know the story, then you know that this was to be the last time that Jesus had with them before His death.
I can just imagine Jesus thinking, “Three and a half years and this is all you have learned?”
I imagine as they argued, Jesus got up without being noticed and found a basin of water. He then quietly made His way to the first disciple and proceeded to wash his feet. The King of the universe that created everything that we know and see washed all of their feet.
He knew that this was His last night on earth, and He choose to wash feet with His last few hours.
Instead of preaching a great sermon or performing another mind blowing miracle, He decided to show us how He viewed greatness. He chose to set the bar high by getting down low.
Without an attitude of serving we cannot achieve true greatness.
Improving your serve involves more than just talking about it; being a servant requires action.
As Christians, we have to be willing to get our hands dirty. We have to love others not with words but with action.
Jesus didn’t just tell the disciples about what it took to be great; He showed them.
What have we done lately that has positively affected someone else that was done with the expectation of nothing in return?
For me, it took entirely too long to think of something.
How’s your serve?
Who’s feet can you wash today?