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The Humble Servant Of Greatness

John Collins12/23/2012Mark 10 tells us that what we consider to be prestige or greatness in this world is the opposite to Christ.

James and John asked Jesus if they could sit at His right hand and his left in the kingdom of heaven.  But Jesus told them that they did not understand what they were asking of Him.  The seats they asked for were already taken.  Jesus said that it was not His place to grant their request.  To sit at His right and or left was for those whom it was prepared.

When the ten heard this conversation, they began to become angry towards James and John.  Jesus called His disciples to Him, and explained.  He said that what we consider as rulers, great ones who exercise authority over us, are not considered to be so in the kingdom of heaven.  It was the opposite.  

Jesus said that if we desire to be great, then we must become a servant.  The one who is the greatest must become a slave to all.  For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve.  He gave His own life as a ransom for many.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Who do we consider to be great among us?  Do we place our esteem on men because of their family name, or because we have made them our authority?  Do we revere them because they have a gift?  Or because they have travelled the world through support of their followers?  Would Christ also choose them as the greatest, or would He choose a humble servant in the church?  Which would He consider to be the greatest?  The one to whom the lifestyle is provided for, or the ones that humbly give to provide that lifestyle?