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Do You Desire Greatness?

Matthew 20:26-27 and 1 Peter 5:3, 6

God has started you on a journey.

26 "It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.

James and John, the sons of Salome came to Jesus with a personal request: “Can my boys have the front row seats in the Kingdom?” Jesus said, “I don’t think so -- you don’t have what it takes, further, jockeying for position isn’t what happens in My Kingdom.

The pagans care about who gets what seat and recognition, but whoever desires greatness among you will be a servant or slave. Jesus has never made a secret of His position on fame and promotion. His first words in the Sermon on the Mount were, “Blessed are the bankrupt in spirit,” not much pomposity or bragging there. Peter understood a lot about being in authority and he wrote to elders.

1 Peter 5:3, 6

3 “Don’t do your job as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.

6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”

  • So self-promotion isn’t of the Kingdom.

  • God is the promoter and He does it right.

  • Trust Him with your life, He won’t make a mistake.

  • If He’s in charge you’ll be on time --- every time.

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