Last night I worshiped at Mars Hill's Downtown Campus. Mark Driscoll preached out of Luke 22:24-30, a familiar passage in which Jesus' disciples are arguing over who will be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Of course, Jesus tells them that to be the greatest you must be the servant of all. Here are a few thoughts from the sermon:
Sometimes, we fail to do our best because as followers of Jesus we want to remain humble. We don't want to develop proud hearts, but this is the wrong course of action. It is false humility.
What kind of person doesn't want to be a great parent, great businessperson, great spouse, great friend, or great neighbor?
It's good to want to be great. Great people make a difference. Great people advance the Kingdom of God. Great people change the world.
The real question is: Are you pursuing Godly greatness or worldly greatness? Are you seeking greatness by serving others or serving self? Try answering these seven questions:
- Do you welcome Jesus to serve you?
Unless Jesus serves you, you can't truly serve God. You need the grace provided by His service on the cross. You cannot come to God on your own, and it is the ultimate expression of pride to attempt to do so.
- Do you humbly allow others to serve you?
Jesus was the ultimate servant, but he was also served by others. Don't try to be self-sufficient and rob others of the joy of serving you.
- Do you humbly serve others with selfless motives?
We never have totally pure motives, but what are your primary motivations? Are they recognition or reward, or are you serving out of love for God and others?
- Are you willing to do menial tasks?
Are there things that are beneath you? Nothing was beneath Jesus.
- Are you lazy or disorganized?
You might be immensely humble, but you'll never be as good as you could be if you are lazy or disorganized.
- Is your life marked more by giving or getting?
Are you more concerned with what you can get from others or what you can give to them?
- Would you rather achieve a status or make a difference?
What's more important to you, that you get recognition or that you are actually able to get something done, to serve others.
Your answers should give you a good indication of what type of greatness you're pursuing.
These questions are especially important for those of us in leadership. The greater our platform, our influence, and our success, the easier it is to focus on self rather than Christ.
How would you answer these questions?