There are many areas in which a biblical worldview causes a clash with the status quo. You can probably think of a few areas yourself. But one area where a clash occurs is the area of greatness, what it is, and how it’s achieved. I personally don’t know anyone who wakes up in the morning determined to be mediocre. We all want to be great in our respective ways. And as it is with most things, the Bible speaks to greatness. In this case, I’d like to draw your attention to Mark 10.
Jesus’ disciples were subject to the world’s view of greatness, too. And when they asked Jesus who would be the “highest” and most “recognized” in the Kingdom, Jesus gave them a powerful lesson: “And Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’”
In the Kingdom, greatness has a downward growth trajectory, as we seek not our own glory or fame but serve others for their wellbeing and blessedness. We’re not aiming at the Hall of Fame as much as we are the Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11). We’re not aiming at having others write our names as much as we are rejoicing that our names are written in Heaven (Luke 10:20). In the Kingdom, the path to greatness is paved by servanthood.
Are we serving others?
When we do something for someone, do we calculate repayment?
Do we seek Jesus’ glory or our own when we help someone?
Are we engaged in our local churches, serving the body as it serves the world?
These are the kind of questions we need to answer affirmatively. And when we do, then we’ll know that we’re on a trajectory of greatness.