Greatness is not found in Position. Read Matthew 20:20-22
Jesus heard her request but didn’t give in to her. She wanted something good but was going about it all the wrong way. He said to her, “You do not know what you are asking.”
What the disciples James and John should have said was, “On our own Lord, we are not able.” That’s why Jesus responds to their “we are able” with, “You will drink my cup.”
What Jesus was looking for in those two disciples had nothing to do with where they sat at the table. Greatness is never found in position—but it can be found.
Greatness is not found in Power. Read Matthew 20:24-25
“And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers.” “They were greatly displeased” (NKJV) You can almost hear the words and the venom dripping from the words of the apostles. “Who do you think you are?”
But notice Jesus’ response to the men. He’s so tender, calling them to Himself. He gets everybody together to teach them.
Greatness is not found in position or power—but it can be found.
Greatness is found in Serving. Read Matthew 20:26-28
“But whoever would be great among you…” Notice the strong contrast that Jesus lays down. “must be your servant.” That’s greatness in God’s eyes; the greatest person is the greatest servant.
Our Christian life will never make sense to you until you learn how to serve, commit to serve, and then actually roll up your sleeves and jump in.
Until you serve, your Christian life will always be an obligation. You will feel burdened by just another responsibility until you get off the bench and into the game. Spiritually speaking, you’ll never get the wind in your sails until you commit to imitating Christ in regular, humble, faithful service.
You’ll only know the duty and never the delight of the Christian life until you serve God with your whole heart. You’ll never experience long-term growth in your Christian life until you serve in some kind of personal ministry.
Summary: I can’t afford to wander away for days or weeks. Serving Christ tethers my heart to the Cross. People are counting on me—and you have to know people are counting on you too.
If we just open up our heart to service, we will begin to see an incredible banquet of opportunities set before us every day.
Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as to the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.