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Jesus redefines greatness

What comes to mind when you think about greatness? To many, it means power, wealth, or celebrity. Of course, those are the values of the world system but this is not the way Jesus defined greatness.

In the 20th chapter of the book of Matthew, we find a story in which the mother of the disciples James and John asks Jesus for a favor. She asks that her sons would be granted to sit at the right and left hand of Jesus in His kingdom. These being places of great honor, would place James and John in a position higher than the other disciples. I’m sure you can imagine the indignance the other disciples must have felt upon hearing this request. They probably thought the brothers of Zebedee had put their mother up to this.

But Jesus was quick to set them straight. He told them that even though the rulers and high officials of the Gentiles lord their authority over the people, His disciples were not to act that way. Instead, they were to demonstrate the spirit of a servant, as Jesus had demonstrated His entire earthly ministry.

Jesus told them “… whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28).

You see, having the spirit of a servant is the difference between being a guest and a host. Do you see an opportunity to help someone in need? Respond with love and action. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. In doing so, God will mold you into the character of Christ.

I’ve been a Christian for more than 40 years. In 2013, I began growing in a closer relationship with God as I turned over more and more of my life to Him and asked Him for wisdom. Since then, I’ve been strongly compelled to share God's word and to warn others that we need to get ready because Jesus is coming soon.

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