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How Do You Define Greatness

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How Do You Define Greatness?

Key Scripture

Matthew 23:11-12
[11]The greatest among you must be a servant.
[12]But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.


Everybody wants to be great. There are so many fields in society today that people can excel in, medicine, politics, business, you name it, work hard enough, study, practise, and you will excel in one of those.

However in our key scripture, Jesus teaches how we should view greatness, and how to achieve it. We need to note though that when Jesus spoke about greatness, he wasn’t referring to acquiring wealth or earthly possessions. Those are good, and God desires that you be comfortable in them too, but that’s not the object of what Christ is saying. First of all, in this scripture, he was speaking to Pharisees who wanted to be regarded as teachers, not through service per say, but as a title that had some of honor attached to it. Jesus was trying to help them understand that the title or honor that came with it was not important, but the service itself was what mattered.

Taking a closer look at verse 12, you can now notice something.

But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

The previous verse spoke about how the greatest is the one who served that is served people through ministry (preaching and teaching of the word) which was what he was speaking about from the beginning. So when he says those who exalt themselves would be humbled, and those who humble themselves would be exalted, He is simply saying that if you do not serve, you would make no impact, and if you serve, you would make great impact. You can see that that statement was a charge to actually serve more and not a means through which we can acquire physical possession from God.

We see here how Jesus wants us to see greatness. Not through the eyes of physical wealth and earthly possession which are okay to have, but from a standpoint of service. So I charge you too, be great, and serve with all you’ve got in you, and with an honest heart


Thank you Lord for the heart of service. I choose to serve and see greatness through your eyes.

Author – Gem

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