We don’t appreciate or recognize true greatness as defined by Christ in our culture. The people I have met and consider great, well you’ve never heard of them because rather than seeking to be served they have lived lives of service. This past Sunday I referenced Martin Luther King Jr’s
…If you want to be important—wonderful. If you want to be recognized—wonderful. If you want to be great—wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s your new definition of greatness. And this morning, the thing that I like about it . . . by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great. Because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. And you can be that servant…
If you want to be great find someone to serve. Volunteer in your church, in a nursing home, hospital, or homeless shelter and demonstrate true Christian greatness.
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