Matthew 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
God made us to be great. If you have not yet attained greatness, it is because you have not yet learnt or applied what is required to be truly great. The good news though is that the scriptures provide principles if applied, that will result in you becoming truly great.
Jesus taught his disciples how to be great in Matthew 20 after the mother of James and John requested of Him that her sons be ascribed top positions in the kingdom of God with one being given a seat on His right hand and the other on His left. She wanted her sons to be accorded high positions thinking that this would make them great. However, occupying high positions does not automatically make you great. Jesus used the incident as a teachable moment: He pointed them to what is required to be great when he said “whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister” or servant. What Jesus was saying was that true greatness is the result of servant hood.
Servanthood is serving others by meeting their needs or helping them solve problems that they may have. The evidence that what Jesus said is true can be gleaned from examining the life of great men of the Bible as well as market leaders across respective fields. It was servanthood that made Joseph great. He first served the baker and the butler by interpreting their dreams. Then when the King could find no one in the Kingdom to interpret his dream, Joseph was recommended as the man for the job. Observe carefully that Joseph became great because he offered a service that was superior to what anyone else could offer at the time. The point is that, in any environment it is they who offer the highest level of service who will become the greatest. Amazon, Apple and Chick Fil A are the leaders in their respective fields because they best meet the needs of those they serve.
The key to becoming truly great is to practice servanthood at a high level.
Life Application: Choose to become truly great by utilizing your best gifts, talent or ability to serve the needs of others at an extraordinarily high level.
Prayer: Lord, give me the heart of a servant. In Jesus’ name, amen.