True Greatness: Through Service and Availability

True Greatness: Through Service and Availability 

In the culture of the world the pursuit of greatness often takes center stage. We strive for success, recognition, and positions of honor. However, Jesus, the epitome of greatness, reveals a profound truth that continues to surprise and challenge us: true greatness lies in service.

Sarah was a young woman with a thriving career. Searching for significance, approval, making a name for herself and gaining influence was top of mind in all her daily pursuits. She had achieved success and recognition in her field, yet a sense of emptiness still lingered. One day, Sarah was asked to volunteer at a local shelter, serving meals to those less fortunate. She said yes, and made herself available. In that humble act of service, she discovered a fulfillment that her professional accomplishments couldn't provide. Sarah's story reflects the transformative power of service—a path to true greatness that Jesus himself walked.

Mark 10:43 reminds us, "Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant." Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve and give His life for many, exemplifies a life poured out in love and service.

Consider the paradox Jesus presents – those deemed lowest in society are elevated to the top in God's Kingdom. Our definition of greatness is flipped upside down. When we choose to serve others selflessly, we align ourselves with Jesus' teachings, pursuing a greatness that transcends worldly standards.

Service is a powerful expression of love, compassion, and humility, and it holds a special place in the heart of our faith. In the words of the Apostle Paul, "For you were called to freedom. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another'' (Galatians 5:13, ESV).

Service is a calling, a divine invitation to emulate the selfless love that Jesus demonstrated during His earthly ministry. Jesus declares, "For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45, ESV). This profound truth underscores the essence of Christian discipleship – a life lived in service to others. Serving, however, is not merely an obligation; it is a privilege. It is an opportunity to align our lives with the teachings of Christ and to become vessels of His transformative love. 

It is essential to cultivate a spirit of humility in our service, acknowledging that it is God who empowers us for every good work. In Philippians 2:3-4 (ESV), Paul encourages us with these words: "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."

As we learn to serve, let us also seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who equips us with the gifts necessary for our unique roles in the body of Christ. In 1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV), Peter writes, "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ."

Let’s Pray:

Heavenly Father, we come before you with grateful hearts, acknowledging the privilege and joy of serving others in your name. Thank you for the example of your Son, Jesus Christ, who came not to be served but to serve. Grant us the humility to serve with sincerity, the wisdom to discern the needs of those around us, and the strength to act in love. May our service bring glory to your name and be a reflection of the transformative power of your grace. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

May this journey of service deepen our relationship with Jesus and inspire us to walk in His footsteps, serving others with joy and love.




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