The Unlikely Path to Greatness
But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-28
Then and now
Right now in the USA the topic of greatness is on the front page, a theme in the race for president. Our Lord addressed the issue with His disciples in today’s reading. For the follower of Jesus Christ there is a definition of greatness and a path to greatness that is diametrically opposed to the goals and methods of popular culture. It was true in Bible times and it’s still true today. So Christians should be seeking a different kind of greatness by a different path than secularists.
The one who serves, even giving his life for others, is truly great. The one who forgives and who receives the helpless and needy is great by Jesus’ standards. Our society is led largely by secular politicians who seek to separate any faith they have from their public policies and actions. They ignore and oppose the way of Christ, perhaps unwittingly. We who believe in Him will seek to be like Him in whatever sphere of influence we have. Pray that God’s people may be faithful, growing in true greatness for the glory of God.
For more reflections on today’s reading, see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.
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