The Path to Greatness

“It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant” (Matthew 20:46).

Most people ponder what their dream life would look like. Is it achievable and, if so, how could I possibly attain it? For many, they simply want to attain “greatness.” But this term “greatness” needs to be defined properly. Most of us think of greatness as attaining some celebrity status, or becoming a famous inventor. All of those definitions include either becoming well-known, or well-thought of. But Jesus points us to another view.

The “great” in Jesus’ eyes are the meek who seek to please God first. They do not seek the rewards of this life, and often sacrifice great earthly rewards in order to achieve eternal rewards in the next life. Jesus did not frown upon our seeking rewards; He simply pointed us the way to true greatness.

1. Serving others brings us great personal reward.
The Christian experiences great joy by humbly serving others. Even when our service may not be acknowledged by others, we still can find peace and purpose in helping others. Some people spend a lifetime trying to “conquer” the world, only to come up empty at the end and never to experience the peace they seek. In Christ, we have peace in our hearts as we serve God and others.

2. Serving others brings us rewards in the next life.
God is not unjust to forget your labor, but will reward it richly in the next life as these two verses teach:

“For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do” (Hebrews 6:10).

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:9-10).

3. Serving others helps point them to God.
Most people seem to have some sort of angle in life. This causes us to think, “I wonder what’s in it for them?” But when people observe the child of God demonstrating kindness to others with no ulterior motive, they pause to think, “Maybe I need to consider their God.”

When they ask us why we would stop and help them, our response should be that we are:

“. . . prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).

Keep on humbly serving God for little or no visible reward. God will be glorified through your efforts and pour out rich blessings on your life now and on into eternity.

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