Day 6 - True Greatness
“And there arose also a dispute among the disciples as to which one of them was regarded to be greatest. And Jesus said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called “benefactors.” But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.’” --Luke 22:24-26
The night before Jesus was killed, His followers and closest friends were arguing about who was greatest among them. They knew that Jesus was the King (though they didn’t fully understand what that meant), so they wanted to see who would have the highest place of honor in Christ’s kingdom. Jesus, continuing in what was one of the central messages of His ministry, convicted them all by stating plainly that in His kingdom, the greatest is the one who serves; the one who puts him or herself last for the benefit of others.
The Kingdom of God is one of service. There is no climbing the ladder, no promotion. To follow Christ means to do exactly what He did when He was alive, which can be summed up in His two greatest commandments: Love God with all of yourself, and love others as you love yourself.
Read those two commandments in Matthew 22:36-39. How could you, this Christmas season, serve those around you thereby demonstrating for them the love that Christ has shown you?