Verses 26-27, “But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:”
To be truly great in God’s eyes, one must minister according to his ability and according to the needs of others. Christ’s ministers are not to “lord it over” others. Ministering to others shows humility, and indicates a desire to meet the needs of others and to help provide for their highest good.
Jesus does not condemn our desire to become great, but does not want us to become prideful or superior in attitude toward others. The word “minister” is the word for “servant” and is used in reference to the “deacon,” but it often applies to ministers of the Gospel, as in 1 Corinthians 3:5, “Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man.?”
I quote the following statements not to promote a book, but to emphasize the need for biblical greatness in America.
“John W. Chalfant’s important book America – A Call to Greatness is going to produce bountiful blessings upon the Christian ministries of this troubled land. He has captured the essence of militant Christianity as it relates to love of country and devotion to democratic principles which it is every citizen’s opportunity and obligation to uphold. I believe that serious readers everywhere will find the imprint of the hand of God on this marvelous contribution to Christian and patriotic literature.” D. James Kennedy, D.D., Ph.D. Senior Minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
“John Chalfant has faithfully strived to demonstrate the incontrovertible fact that God is sovereign over all nations and all peoples. Without a renewed acknowledgment of accountability to our Creator, America will perish.” Howard Phillips, Chairman The Conservative Caucus, Inc.
“America – A Call To Greatness! What a title and what a book! I have believed, and taught, that only two nations ever were ordained of God for Greatness! Israel and America! This is a must read for everyone, but especially for clergy and others in key leadership. We must be moved to action and the saving of the freedoms of our great Nation. This book will so motivate every honest reader, but especially the clergy.” Col. E.H. “Jim” Ammerman, Chaplain, U.S. Army (Ret.) President, Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches.