Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Striving for Greatness
Mat 18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
A little assertiveness can go a long way when it comes to the job market. We teach our kids to do their best and put their best foot forward. But when it comes to God's kingdom, we go farthest on our knees as servants.
God is great, and when we find ourselves serving Him and others, our greatness is wound into His. It is His glory we seek, not our own.
Jesus modeled this for us in that He left the glory of heaven to be an example of
servant hood. Philippians tells us, But (He) made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Furthermore, Jesus instructed us that we can unburden ourselves by being more like Him while on this earth, meek and lowly. Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The meek and lowly don't need or seek greatness, therefore the pressure is off.
Strive not for greatness, but for godliness.