“It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26–28).
“From these words we may properly conclude that there is nothing wrong with the desire to be great, provided (1) we seek the right kind of greatness; (2) we allow God to decide what is greatness; (3) we are willing to pay the full price that greatness demands; and (4) we are content to wait for the judgment of God to settle the whole matter of who is great and last.”
From God’s perspective, greatness is not apart from being a servant and slave in serving others. This was the attitude or mind of Christ. In coming into manhood, “He took the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men…being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death” (Philippians 2:7-8). In verse 5, Paul says, “Have this mind among yourselves.” In other words, we must be intentional about the attitudes of our minds in serving.
There will be a greater impact on others through our lives and ministry if our greatness is the humility of Christ clearly expressed. You will be thankful that Jesus is exalted and not yourself. Pride must not be among the servants of Christ.
A. W. Tozer, Born After Midnight, Moody Publishers, 1987, page 57.
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