Theme of the Week: Redefining Greatness
Bible Verse: “Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper… and began to wash the disciples’ feet” John 13:3-5 ESV
Scripture Reading: Mark 9:33-37; Mark 10:35-37; John 13:1-17
This week, we have learned that God’s definition of greatness not always will line up with our own definitions and expectations. Jesus, the King of Kings, with all authority and power, firm in His identity of Son, served in one of the humblest ways. Redefining greatness requires a mindset change and a heart and desire change. These are some of the highlights from this week.
When we compare ourselves to others, we will feel envious and miserable; comparing leads to despairing. But if we live for the applause of our Father in heaven, who cherishes us, we will find that his affirmation nourishes us, fills us, and sustains us far longer than human acclaim. As we live for the approval of God alone, we become full and free.
Your Success, or God’s Success
Jesus resists and rejects the temptation to be defined by his success, to create the largest possible platform, and to do the spectacular. Instead, he chooses to live not for the praise of people but for the praise of God, his Father, alone.
Redefining True Greatness
Jesus embodied this definition of greatness by choosing to live 90 percent of his life on earth in complete obscurity. As my friend Zack Eswine observes, Jesus’ life shows us that greatness and obscurity are not opposites.
Redefining True Greatness – Part 2
Recognizing our need for God and yearning to live well with God and people will likely be overlooked by others, but these desires are applauded by our Maker and will be rewarded greatly in his kingdom (Matthew 5:12). Those who have a strong Striving Adam achievement orientation and a desire to be recognized for their accomplishments will be liberated by Jesus’ definition of greatness.
Cultivating Eulogy Virtues
The only thing that really matters is if he awakens to a friendship with God, his Creator. And one day, if he has any social capital, financial resources, or talent, I hope he will use some of his gifts to serve people who are vulnerable.
Taken from Survival Guide for the Soul by Ken Shigematsu, Copyright © 2018 by Ken Shigematsu. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com
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