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True Greatness 3/27/2009

KJV Mark 10:42-45 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

In the Gospel text designated for this coming Sunday, we are taught by Jesus as to what true greatness is. He tells us that the world view of greatness is gained in the ruling over of others so that the ruler would be served, but He here tells us that true greatness is realized in the serving of others. Jesus never rebukes those who wish to be great in the influencing of others, but He defines greatness in God's sight as directly opposed to the definition of greatness in the eyes of the world.

The disciples possessed the same inclinations that we all possess: The desire to be served, rather than to serve. By nature we wish to be served, rather than to serve. Our inclination is to be noticed for our service as opposed to serving in obscurity. Until we come to understand and experience the blessing of serving others unconditionally, we will have a difficult time submitting ourselves in the service of others.

Jesus pointed to Himself as the model and example of true greatness when He said: For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

This selfless service begins in our homes and ripples out from there. If we live with a heart of service to our families, both immediate and distant, we will live in service to the rest of our acqaintances, whether in the church or outside of it.

ESV 1 John 4:9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

Always in Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Posted on 27 Mar 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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