“Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.” – Mark 10:43b-44
Deep down inside, don’t you want to be great? But exactly what does it mean to be great? The world measures greatness in different ways. Probably the most common way that the world defines greatness is accomplishment, people that achieve great things. You might go back into ancient history and think about Alexander the Great, because he conquered the known world by the time he was 33 years old, and then wept that there were no more worlds to conquer. Or you may think about Thomas Edison with over a thousand patents to his name. Or consider Einstein and his amazing discoveries in quantum physics.
Others would say real greatness is all about power. In Jesus’ time, Caesar Augustus would be considered truly great because of all the power he held. In the modern world, you look at US presidents – that is the big enchilada, because there is no position more powerful than that!
Actually anyone can become great and Jesus tells us how: “…whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.” Jesus – the greatest man to ever exist says He didn’t come to be served; He came to serve, even to the point of trading His life for our salvation.
The greatest man was also the greatest servant. And that is what He calls us to do. He calls us follow in the footsteps of Jesus and to serve our fellow man. It’s the only lasting road to greatness.