Would you like to be called great someday? The Bible tells us how to reach that goal! But it would surprise most of us to know that the pathway to greatness is by serving others!
That’s not the way it should be among you. Instead, whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. (Mt 20:26-27 ISV)
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. (Mk 10:45 NKJV) Even our Savior, Jesus Christ, came to earth to serve mankind—not to sit on His throne as King!
But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. (Lk 22:26 ESV)
Those who humble themselves like this little child will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Mt 18:4 CEB)
The Bible has this to say about one of God’s servants: Moses was faithful in all God’s house, as a servant. (Heb 3:5)
The more that we serve and help other people, the higher that we rise in God’s estimation. In Matthew 20:28, Jesus said that He, Himself, came to serve and to be a ransom for many. What a beautiful example to all of us who follow Him and serve Him!
Here’s a short list of some great people who became famous because of their service to others: Mother Teresa (Missionaries of Charity); Clara Barton (American Red Cross); William Booth (Salvation Army); Bill Wilson (Alcoholics Anonymous); and Cecil Jackson-Cole (Oxfam). There are many, many others that I don’t have space to name.
Those who strive to be servants gain respect, success, and acclaim. They also are noticed and rewarded by our God and Savior, whose opinion of us is the most important of all. God bless you!