Everybody wants to be great. We all want to get to the top of the corporate ladder. We all want to be the head and not the tail. We all want to be above and not beneath. We all want to be a leader and not a follower. We all want to be on the top of the totem pole and not the bottom. We all want to be in the spotlight. We all want to be center stage. So how do you get there? What is the key to greatness?
When the disciples were arguing about who was the greatest among them this is what Jesus said “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28 ESV) In other words the key to greatness is service. So many people want to be served but no one wants to serve. If Jesus came to serve, what makes you think that you wouldn’t have to serve?
T.D. Jakes in his message “Serving a Higher Purpose” spoke on this subject. He was talking about the Last Supper. Here again we find the disciples arguing about who is the greatest. They are conversing about who is going to be on Jesus’ right and who is going to be on His left. Right in the middle of this, Jesus humbles Himself, takes off His outer garment, gets down on the floor, and washes His disciples feet. A task that in this time would normally be done by a servant, Jesus took the liberty of performing Himself. T.D. Jakes pointed out that Jesus taking off His outer garment is showing us that, in order to become great, you must lay aside your own agenda so that you can serve others. Too many times we have our own agenda in mind, and because of it, we are not able to serve others. Before you get to the table to be served by others and eat, you must first humble yourself and serve others. Before you can be served, you must serve. James, who was there when all this was happening, wrote “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” (James 4:10 ESV) In other words, when you serve that is when the Lord will elevate you to greatness. You don’t reach greatness by being served, you attain greatness by serving others.
Are you looking to be served or are your serving? Where is it in your life that you need to serve? The key to greatness is found through acts of service. So you want to be great, than SERVE!