There are two unique stories within the bible where Jesus has to deal with the subject of greatness. One takes place in Matthew chapter 18. He is approached by his disciples and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Mark chapter 9 goes into further detail to emphasize the fact that the disciples had been arguing about who was greatest among them. Jesus’ response to this is that the one who can become humble like a little child, this person can become great in the kingdom. Mark chapter 9 goes further to also say that they must not only be humble but be a servant of all.
The other story is in Matthew chapter 20 and a woman asks Jesus if her two sons can sit beside him when he comes into his kingdom. After letting her know that this privilege was not his to promise, he further explains that a person who desires to be great must become a great servant.
As we draw closer and closer to inauguration day for the new presidential administration that is about to be established, it reminded me of a statement that someone told me about the two greatest forms of service. I was told by someone many years ago that the two greatest forms of service was that of the preacher and of the public servant. Although many have tarnished the image of both, when they are taken seriously and functioned in humbly, they each can model for the world the kind of heart and ministry that everyone should aspire to.
Neither the preacher nor the public servant (i.e. police officer, firefighter, paramedic, or politician) can say their burden is light. The preacher is burdened by the weight of caring for the souls of humanity. The public servant is burdened by the weight of caring for the physical lives of the citizens.
Realizing that both the preacher and the public servant both have a great burden to bear, it would serve us, the people, to uphold and pray for both at this beginning of the year, as each has the task of serving each of us all the days of their call to service.
- Jesus was Salt & Light (theotherjc.com)
- Jesus the True and Better Prophet, Priest, and King (christianitymatters.com)