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10/14/2008

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"Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant" (Matt. 20:26).

I hope I did not overdo the usage of the word "great' yesterday. I did it to make a point. I did not go on and on in an effort to change how we use the word, only to get to my objective today. Changing a word of a famous quote from the movie Forest Gump, his mother might say, "greatness is as greatness does."

Today we'll look at the real idea behind being great. It starts in verse twenty of this chapter of Matthew when the mother of James and John makes a request of Jesus. "Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom." She desired a position of honor for her two sons. The request is not an outlandish one is it? As a parent, we want our children to be honored. Most of us however realize that honor must be earned. James and John were good men, and their mom obviously thought they were special....Deserving honor....

The other ten disciples it says in verse twenty four, were indignant when they heard of the request. Do you suppose they were mad about the request, or that they had not made it first? I always wonder about that one....Jesus response was really to the point. He said, "You don't know what you are asking." As we are able to "fast forward," we know what Jesus means here. A lot of water would have to pass under the bridge before they would understand. A lot of cost that had not been counted at this time would have to be incurred.

Did you ever fail to "count the cost" before asking a question? Another good lesson to be learned here. It is kind of like the old axiom of a lawyer not asking a question at a trial that he does not already know the answer.

So......What is real greatness as far as human beings are concerned anyway? Jesus sums it up for his disciples and us in a very simple way. "Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant." He goes on to say, "just as the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many" (v28).

Greatness is not the concept espoused by the world....It is not about wealth...It is not about power...It is not about fame....It is not about social standing...It just cannot be put in a more simple and understanding way. To be "great" is to serve. When we live lives of service to others, we serve the Lord.

Have a "GREAT" day....Let you light shine for Him.....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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