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Saturday/Sunday: September 11, 2019

True Greatness

“But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11)

What does true greatness look like? The religious leaders of Jesus’ day thought they were pretty great. Describing them, Jesus said, "But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, 'Rabbi, Rabbi!” (Matthew 23:5-7).

Speaking of them to the multitudes, Jesus contrasted their ways with this concise statement, “…he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.”

An incident comes to mind whenever I think of the Lord’s description of true greatness. One Sunday years ago a man in our church suddenly left the worship service and headed for the restroom, where he momentarily passed out, striking and cutting his head as he fell to the floor. He wasn’t seriously injured, and just had a case of the flu. He received medical attention, and was taken home.

What followed was a scene I’ve not forgetten. After the incident I returned to the bathroom, where our sick brother had left the contents of his stomach, and a significant amount of blood on the wall, stall, and floor of the bathroom. When I entered, there was Craig, a young boy from our church on his knees cleaning up the blood and vomit that seemed to be everywhere. No one had directed him to do that. He just quietly did it.

When all is said and done, the greatest men and women in history will by and large be people we have never heard of. They simply, humbly and faithfully served God, without notice or fanfare.

That…is the stuff of true greatness!

Question: How do you define true greatness?

Challenge: The greatest man who ever lived was a servant. May we be as well!

Prayer: Lord, help us to follow the example of Your beloved Son, who “…did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45)

James Fullan, Chapel Leader -- Clinton LumberKings

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