Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | January 30, 2023

Why Seeking Great Is Overrated

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (ESV)

Who doesn’t want the biggest slice of the pie?  Or how about the job with the corner office and window view?  And we probably all have desired the closest parking spot at our fave store, especially in the cold of winter.  We want the biggest, best, closest… you name it. Yes, we love to get the advantage, don’t we?

We might entertain that we’re the only ones who have those thoughts of desiring favor.  But reality unveils we all drift into this lane.  We see an opportunity or a choice seat and our feet move swiftly without even considering if this is God’s direction.  Keeping it real here, we don’t even consider how our pursuit of best for us might impact others.

Jesus was quick to dispel the “seeking greatness for me” mentality. Traveling from Capernaum, His disciples were arguing among themselves.  Now one would have thought the idea of greatness would not enter their minds.  Especially since Jesus had just told them about His betrayal, death and resurrection.  Instead of attempting to understand and talk through those words they had just heard, the disciples were vying for greatness.

Not exactly a pursuit worthy of those who were following the greatest servant of all time.  The Son of Man who came to this world to serve.  To lay down His life so others could experience eternity and oneness with God.  When the One who knew their hearts, thoughts and words inquired about their dispute, silence filled the room.

Sounds a little bit like us doesn’t it?  Who would ever admit their pursuit of “greatness for me” even though we know our thoughts are never hidden from God’s eyes?  Every motive unveiled.   Don’t know about you but I would probably attempt to hide from the truth just like the twelve.

Rather than send them away, Jesus draws them in close. No condemning speech – just a few words.  A simple yet profound reminder, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”  In other words rather than seek best for self, one would seek best for others.  One would serve rather than seek to be served.

Sounds a lot like Jesus Himself doesn’t it? Leading by example, Jesus modeled true servanthood – the perfect picture of humility and sacrifice. He came not to seek greatness for Himself but to draw others to His Father.  He came to serve the sick, lame and blind.  And during the most difficult moments of His life, Jesus washed the feet of a betrayer and those who would flee in the face of His crucifixion.

Sweet friends the next time we’re tempted to seek greatness for ourselves let’s resist the urge for advantage.  Instead, let’s zero in on serving others – it’s the best way to reflect the heart of Jesus.

“Father, seeking great for me is overrated.  True joy is found in seeking best for others.  Only then will we realize the beauty of reflecting Your love to our world.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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