Measuring Greatness

Luke 9:23 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.

Luke 9:46-48 Then his disciples began arguing about which of them was the greatest. But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he brought a little child to his side. Then he said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me also welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest.”

We live in a world that is “measured.” Most of us know our age, how many hours a week we work and how many miles it is to get there. Who doesn’t like to know how much they are getting for our money?

One of our favorite things to measure is how well we compare to the other people around us. Look at the average Facebook profile and you will see plenty of evidence that some people think very much about themselves. Their kids are great, their vacations are amazing and they have the most incredible time everywhere they go.

Jesus rewrote the book on how to measure greatness. Disciples of Jesus are supposed to be denying self and following a man that didn’t build himself up, or accumulate any wealth and he didn’t act like a big deal even though he was.

We seek to build up ourselves and please ourselves with the conveniences and toys that are available in this rich country we live in. It doesn’t take long to realize that it is difficult to carry all those things around and still have the strength to carry our cross as well.

Help me Lord to reject the urge to build up myself. I need to follow your example and serve others.

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