Last week we talked about the fact that,
1. It is inbred in us to desire to be the greatest.
2. The world sees greatness in terms of how much power and authority a person wields over others.
3. Personal ambition for greatness breeds dissention among brothers.
4. The greatest among us is probably not the most obvious person.
5. We naturally seek to be great, but are rarely willing to pay the price of becoming great – on Gods terms.
Continuing our discussion:
6. Christ set the standard of greatness by giving up his life to liberate us from our sins. Are we consciously dying to our personal preferences in serving others that they might experience a new life in Christ?
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healedChrist loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to GodHowever, I [Paul] consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace. (Isa. 53:5; Eph. 5:2b; Act. 20:24) (See Isa. 53:8,10,11; Jn. 10:15)
7. God measures greatness in terms of the quality of our service to others:
Such as giving a drink of water to a needy person. When, for example was the last time we went out of our way to help a disheveled person on the street?
Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servantThen the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, "He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ (Matt. 20:26b; 25:34,35,45) (See Mk. 10:43-45)
Such as putting others before ourselves. When was the last time we knowingly stepped into the background in order to give others room to gain the spotlight?
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselvesDo nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Rom. 12:10; Philip. 2:3,4) (See Gen. 13:9)
QUESTION: In life there seem to be two classes of people: Givers and takers. Which are you?