Redefining Greatness

In Daily Devotional, Mission, Spiritual Growth by Jordan Harnum

Theme of the Week: Redefining Greatness

Bible Verse: Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43-45

Scripture Reading: Mark 10:1-52

“Dare to be great”. This phrase has been written on mugs, t shirts, bumper stickers and more. It’s a challenge to step out of the status quo and do something that really matters.

Taylor Rose understands this very well. See, this young lady grew tired of her monotonous job as a chemist and applied to be on a reality show titled Mars One. A show where 4 individuals take a one-way ride to Mars where their lives will be televised for the world to spectate. When asked what happens if Mars doesn’t end up being all that great, she responded, “Yah, that would really suck, but I would know that my life had been about something bigger than just being born, living, paying the bills, and dying.”

I think many people can relate with this desire to be a part of something bigger than just being born, living and then dying. We want our lives to count, we want our life to truly matter.

But what exactly is greatness?

Is it having over 5000 followers? Is it having several income properties? Is it a best-selling book? Or what about salary – surely your salary is a sign of greatness, right? Wrong.

As followers of Jesus, he turns greatness on its head and offers a different way.

In fact, when two of Jesus’ disciples, James & John asked to sit on His left and right as dignitaries, Jesus reminded them that greatness often comes at a cost.

He said, “Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Dare to be great? Dare to serve.

Dare to be great? Dare to serve.

But let’s face it, if Jesus’ closest disciples struggled to understand this truth, do we have any hope of becoming great? Thankfully, we are not left without an example and several passages of scripture to help us.

Follow us this week as we study what it means to be great and how Jesus desires to help us in this.

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Jordan Harnum
Jordan Harnum serves as a Content Marketing Associate for Impactus | Promise Keepers Canada. He lives in Burlington where he is involved in his local church. He is married to Rachel and together they have a daughter named Poppy Joy.
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Jordan Harnum
Jordan Harnum serves as a Content Marketing Associate for Impactus | Promise Keepers Canada. He lives in Burlington where he is involved in his local church. He is married to Rachel and together they have a daughter named Poppy Joy.