Jesus Defines Greatness
Jesus tells us what greatness truly is in Mark 10:42-45
@42 We see a cultural perception of greatness
The MESSAGE reads this way: “You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around,” he said, “and when people get a little power how quickly it goes to their heads.”
The NLT reads like this: “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.”
A lot of people in Jesus’ day thought you were great if you could make other people look bad – intimidate others – be in charge – be ruthless. Does this sound familiar?
But the kicker is what Jesus says after this:
“Not so with you.”
Christian, if you wanna be great, serve. You don’t flaunt your authority or your influence.
@45 Jesus tells us why our lives should be permanently marked by service:
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve”
Even though he had EVERY right to! This theme that Jesus is a servant shows up other places in the Bible, too:
- Luke 22.27 (I am among you as one who serves)
- John 13.13-16 (I have set an example that you wash one another’s feet)
- 2 Corinthians 8.9 (for your sakes He became poor)
- Philippians 2.7 (made himself nothing)
Why are our lives permanently marked by service?
Because Jesus came as a to serve.
Why did He come to serve? We’ll explore that next…