The Pathway to Greatness

25 04 2015

“If you want to be great in God’s kingdom, you must be a servant…” Mark 9:35

Jesus and his disciples were walking along when his disciples began to discuss who was the greatest and who was going to be the greatest.  Jesus listened as these self oriented guys began to argue more and more about who was the better man, and who was on target for being on the “All Time Great” list as a disciple of Jesus.

Suddenly Jesus speaks up and says, “If you want to be great in God’s kingdom, you must be a servant of all.”  His simple words swept through the disciples and shocked them into silence.  The words of Christ were so contrary to everything that they had been taught, as well as the culture in which they lived, that it was hard to take it in.  The pathway to Greatness had always been to rule over people, but Jesus’ words were completely opposite.  Jesus said Great men weren’t those who ruled, but those who served, and if this was the case, this required a complete change of mindset.

Jesus didn’t condemn them for desiring greatness, but rather He pointed them in the direction of being great.  For a disciple, the pathway to greatness is the road of service, and to walk this path, it requires a complete overhaul of the way we think about life and greatness as people.



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