Do You Want To Be Great?
Updated: May 10, 2021
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But 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: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." -Philippians 2:5-11
I can think of many times in my life where I have been humbled, and I have been told a time or two that I was growing too big for my britches. I will say that I built myself up so high that it always hurt badly when it all came crashing down.
I always thought it would be swell to be waited upon hand and foot and fanned with a big fan. I dreamt of fried chicken and grapes being fed to me with an endless supply of stevia-sweetened ice tea. I used to look up to those who held a high position and were catered to and served by those who were viewed as less significant. I have been around important people, and I always felt like a mule at the Kentucky Derby. I would look up to these people and hope one day to be as "important" as they were.
I recall the time when Rebekah got her first big promotion, and she would have to go on these nice business trips. I was soon staying in nice hotels and surrounded by heavy-hitters. I was impressed with their pedigree, and I looked up to them. I would fantasize about being in that position and have people look up to me. I thought at the time, "this is what success looks like." I thought if I could have people look up to me and value my opinion, then that was the measure of success. I was impressed by how people catered to their needs and how people strove to make an impression on them. I imagined them being fanned and being hand-fed delicious grapes while people waited for words of knowledge to emit from their mouth. I look back and see how foolish and deceived I was, and how God has shown me what true greatness is.
I was talking to someone last week, and we were discussing how God's way is vastly different than our way. It seems that His way is backwards, but we are the ones who are backwards. He says to be great we must be least. We think to be great we must be respected and served by all. God says you have to humble yourselves and become a servant if you want to be great. God sent His Son who became a lowly human being that He might serve the human race. He took on the form of a servant that all may know that He is the King of Kings. He humbled Himself and became obedient to the Father's will that all mankind may have access to salvation. He did not come born into a palace but yet was born in a dirty stable. He did not have His feet washed but washed the feet of others. One week they hailed Him as the Savior and the next week He was crucified.
Do you desire to be great in life? Are you willing to have the mind of Christ Jesus? Do you seek the spotlight or are you willing to serve others? Are you willing to humble yourself so that your works may point others to your Heavenly Father? Are you easily offended by others or do you pray for them? If Jesus Christ humbled Himself, what should our position be? The acronym WWJD (what would Jesus do?) is more than just a catch phrase. May we humble ourselves and serve others, and may we seek God's glory rather than our own. Mark 10:44 states, "And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all." Will you be the servant of all as our Lord so willingly did?
Stay in the fight!