And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:33-35
The Lord Jesus here teaches a fundamental spiritual principle few believers ever truly grasp. It’s about how to truly become great. Sadly many of us don’t live to become great. This is because we don’t appreciate the value and power of serving. In fact, most of us misunderstand the meaning of serving. Yet Jesus says it’s the key to greatness.
Our greatness in life does not come from how much we get, but from how much we contribute to others. It’s all about the value we add to other people. That’s why we must not hate rich people. Why do I say that? Because the more people you serve the more income you receive.
Consider the numerous biblical characters who became great in their lifetimes. Joseph delivered the peoples of the Mediterranean basin from certain hunger and starvation. Moses served two million Israelites and led them out of slavery. Joshua enabled his nation to take possession of their promised land. Judge Deborah overcame his nation’s foes in a season of anarchy. David united saved his nation from Philistine colonisation. Daniel added tremendous value in the diaspora. Esther saved her exiled nation from a massive holocaust.
Consider also the wealthiest businesses and successful entrepreneurs of our day. Although some have hereditary riches, more and more people today are prospering by serving more people. We can safely say that the more people you provide value to, the greater you become in terms of monetary wealth. When you provide solutions to a greater number of people, your greatness is inevitable. The same applies in social, spiritual and other dimensions.
This year I appeal to you to intentionally choose to add value to more and more people. Seek to serve rather than to be served. Do your utmost to add value to as a many people as possible. Use your gifts, talents and skills to make a difference in other people’s lives. Your greatness will inevitably manifest.