But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant (Mathew 23:11).
Have you ever wondered why Jesus described John the Baptist as the greatest of all born of women? The Bible tells us that one day, John’s disciple came to him and said, ‘’Rabbi, the man you met at the other side of Jordan River, the one you identified as Messiah is also baptizing people. And every body is going to him, instead of coming to us’’ (John 3:26 NLT).
John’s reply was: ‘’…A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I’m sent before him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease’’ (John 3:27-30). This is the attitude of greatness in the sight of the Lord.
In today’s society, everyone wants to be the boss. But you don’t have to be that way because you belong in the kingdom of God. Consider John’s response again; he understood his purpose as the forerunner of the Lord, so he never tried to get into a tussle for power or a popularity contest with Jesus. Even when his disciples asked a rather provocative question, he told them how glad he was to fulfill his purpose. That’s the secret of greatness; knowing your purpose in God and fulfilling it.
Your greatness in the kingdom of God is not according to assignment, but according to the fulfillment of what ever you’re told to do. Let this be what matters to you-fulfilling your purpose in Christ-being great before God, and not in the sight of men. Just like the Apostle Paul, you must know your peculiar course and know when you’re running your race, and when you have completed it (2 Timothy 4:7 NIV).
Dear Father, thank you for the unique purpose for which you have created me. I’m excited about your will and purpose for my life, and I declare that by the help of your Spirit, I’m fulfilling your divine purpose for my life without reproach, but with joy unspeakable and humility of heart, in Jesus’ name, Amen
Luke 22:25-27; Mathew 23:11-12
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