Look at the world around you and it does not take long to realize that the world has its own definition of greatness. We live in a world where righteousness is mocked and wickedness is and wrong is their model.
Our purpose for this lesson is not necessarily to teach us to be great, but what are the characteristics of true Bible greatness in the ministry.
In other words, what are the causes and manifestations of someone who is great? By looking at some of the great men and women in the Bible we can evaluate where we fit into true greatness. Jesus gave the disciples three things to define true greatness:
GREATNESS IN THE WORLD IS NOT GREATNESS WITH GOD VERSE 25.
Most Christians have fallen into the standard of the world in judging greatness.
- The world says fame and wealth is greatness.
Here is what happens: we see and hear the philosophy of the world and it is not long before we adopt the standard of the world rather than the Word of God.
- The world says influence and power is greatness.
Let me say this! Greatness in the Bible is never determined by how much money they had. Or how much influence or power they claimed to have. Greatness was always given to the one who is a servant.
What am I saying? Greatness is serving and God is calling each one of us to serve, not to be great.
Two of the questions we ought to ask, ”why do you want to be great, and how great do you want to become?”
Why the intrigue with greatness? Well, in the world it is over movie stars, sports and politics.
Great men in the world accomplish four things most of us want: power, fame, money and influence.
We need to recognize that greatness is not determined by how much money we can get our hands on, but greatness is serving.
D.L Moody was a servant by shining the shoes of those who attended his conference. Would you and I be willing to be a servant? Serving can be for selfish reasons: recognition, our name on a plaque, etc.
SERVING IS A CHOICE VERSE 26.
This kind of greatness will not be forced upon you, but it is a choice. “Let him be your minister,” or servant.
No one will force you to serve and there is really only one person who can keep you from being a servant.
Here is an important lesson: servanthood is not a stepping stone to greatness, because servanthood is greatness.
In other words, you are great because you serve – would you be a servant?
I believe we have lost our burden to serve because we have a clouded vision of greatness. Serving is greatness!
Greatness cannot be planned, organized or scheduled, because serving is the greatness.
JESUS IS OUR EXAMPLE OF GREATNESS VERSES 27-28.
Want to be great? Be a servant of all. Next, what is included with greatness?