I need to admit something embarrassing: I’ve always wanted to be famous. It first erupted when I wanted to be a recording artist. Then it surfaced in the ministry as I daydreamed of hundreds listening to me preach. Finally as an author, I wanted to be known by the thousands that read my books. I always knew this desire was wrong, yet trying to push it down never worked. Then one day I read the passage where James and John asked Jesus to sit at the seats of honor next to Him (Mark 10:34-45). They believed He would ascend to be the new king of a restored Israel, and they wanted a share of the greatness. What is so instructive is that Jesus doesn’t squelch the idea of greatness; He just points out a new route to it—by serving those around you.
It’s not important how many people you lead, but how many you serve.
– Woodrow Kroll
In every man there is a seed of greatness, for we are made in the image of a great God, whose very presence is stunning, whose very being is great. This is what the Bible calls glory, and the Hebrew word for glory means “heavy, weighty.” But in our fallen state, we have lost that glory, yet the longing remains in us—aching to matter, to make an impact. Without an answer from the true Source of glory, the longing mutates into an obsession with fame, a compulsion for power, and a demand to be noticed. But Jesus gives us the answer to our longing: We become great by honoring the greatness in everyone else.
We start by first letting Jesus serve us, being quiet before Him. Here we will feel noticed and loved by Him. Then we can turn our hearts to others, serving them and helping them feel their greatness.
Jesus, You know our hearts. Teach us to seek our true greatness in the way You have shown us.
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