Monday, August 2, 2021
The Greatest of All
He who is greatest among you shall be your servant.
- Matthew 23:11
An undeniable trend in our current culture is about getting ahead, being in the
spotlight, or being discovered. It seems as though people will do anything to
make a name for themselves. For many years now, our homes and heads have been
flooded with reality shows profiling this year’s best contestants at some
endeavor that requires some form of talent, or at least the appearance of it.
Many times in this pursuit of fame, the drama of each contestant doing
whatever is necessary to win reveals the lack of true character, rather than
an abundance of it.
Unfortunately, this same approach has entered into some of our churches. In many
places, instead of worship services being seen as an opportunity for an
encounter with the living God, they have become nothing more than
entertainment venues showcasing those who are perceived as having talent. In
the midst of all this, it can be tempting for those in the spotlight or on the
stage to get the idea that they are more important than others, and expect to
be served rather than to serve.
As I have said many times, the kingdom of which we are now a part is mutually
exclusive and diametrically opposed to the kingdom out of which God has called
us. Those the world regards as great say, “I want you to serve me,” but in the
kingdom of God, the greatest say, “I want to serve you.”
Jesus told His followers to follow the instructions of the Pharisees, but
cautioned them to avoid following their example. He said there was no need to
try to be heard with their loud, public prayers or be seen with their
lengthened tassels and long flowing robes. Jesus used the example of the
religious people to remind His followers that greatness was not found in loud
praying or ceremonial dress, but rather in an attitude of service.
Oswald Chambers wrote, “The real test of a saint is not one’s willingness to
preach the gospel, but one’s willingness to do something like washing the
disciple’s feet – that is, being willing to do those things that seem
unimportant in human estimation but count as everything to God.”
Regardless of the position we hold in life and ministry, or the honors given to
us by men and organizations, true greatness is not defined by the approval or
acclaim of popular culture. Our greatness is demonstrated by our ability and
willingness to serve others as we serve Christ. Let us consistently and
faithfully choose Christ’s kingdom over this fallen culture. Let us serve one
- Matthew 23:11
- Deuteronomy 17:20
- Romans 7:25
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