Who is the Greatest?

READ: Luke 22:14-30

Key Verses: Luke 22:25-27

 

How do I measure greatness?

Do I measure greatness by the dollar amount that a person has?

Do I measure greatness by how intelligent a person is?

Do I measure greatness by a person’s singing ability? Their acting ability? Their ability to throw a ball?

How do I measure greatness?

In the Scriptures we read, we see Jesus sitting the Apostles for Passover, and we see Him leading them in the first Communion, but then Jesus reveals that one of them is going to betray Him so they start arguing. All of them declaring that they couldn’t be the one who would betray Him. Then their argument turns another direction. It is a familiar argument about which of them is the greatest, and I wonder how were they measuring who was the greatest? What were the reasons that each of them were giving as to why he was the greatest?

Then Jesus steps in, and says, “Look at the kings of the Gentiles. They rule over the people, and those in authority are called well-doers. But not with you. Instead, if you want to be the greatest, you must become like the youngest, and the leader must become the servant. Look to me! I am not here to be served, but I am here to serve!” (My paraphrase of Luke 22:25-27)

Jesus is telling the Apostles that the greatest are not those who rule over the people. The greatest are those who have faith like a child (Luke 18:17), and those who have the heart of a servant (Luke 18:22). These are messages that He keeps telling the Apostles, but they just aren’t getting that greatness is not measured by the things that we do or have. Greatness is measured by the humbleness of the heart.

So how do I measure greatness?

Do I measure greatness by humbleness?

Do I measure greatness by those who serve?

Do I measure greatness by those who have faith like a child?

How do I measure greatness?

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