Humility: True Greatness Chapter 3
Who doesn’t want to see the evidence of greatness flow through their lives? Just like John and James (in Mark Chapter 10), we often compare ourselves with others while asking the question, “Who is the Greatest Among Us?” In their contemplation, however, Jesus offers a simple response:
Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be a slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mk 10:43b-45 [NIV]).
How sharply God’s words contrast with James and John’s request. While James and John focused on the benefits of having a prized position with Christ, Christ challenged them to consider the magnitude of their request, and then he shifts their focus. Mahaney writes, “Jesus does not categorically criticize or forbid the desire and ambition to be great. Instead, He clearly redirects that ambition, redefines it, and purifies it…A profound and historic reversal is taking place here—one that has to occur in each of our lives if we’re to have any possibility of becoming truly great in God’s eyes. It means turning upside down our entrenched, worldly ideas on the definition of greatness (pg 43-44).”
True greatness requires that we look beyond ourselves and serve others. This is a requirement for all brothers and sisters in Christ. If you want to become great, you must be willing to give your life. The truth is: You can truly be great!
How do you define greatness? “Have you seen any examples of true greatness recently (44)?”
© Natasha Sistrunk Robinson 2013