The Cost of Greatness


Jesus said that great people in His Kingdom are those who serve others.

Passages: Luke 22:1–22:38, Psalm 55

Pride is a powerful force, perhaps more destructive than any other. The desire to elevate ourselves above others can drive us to do crazy things like fight with our best friend or cheat at work. We all want glory, credit, and attention from others. As followers of Christ, we can win the battle against pride.

In Luke 22:24, Jesus' disciples argue about which of them is the greatest. Jesus had just served the Last Supper where He told them He would suffer and die. Instead of being upset at their misunderstanding, Jesus calmly taught His disciples the ways of the Kingdom, which contrast sharply with the ways of the world. He said that great people in His Kingdom are those who serve others and consider themselves the least entitled. They don't lord their authority over others or want a prestigious title to draw attention to themselves.

Jesus, who humbled Himself to become a man and die for us, said to them, “I am among you as the one who serves.” Jesus is The One Who Serves! We must ask Jesus to reveal to us where pride has crept into our thoughts and actions. We must confess our pride, and ask Jesus to make us clean. We need to ask Him daily to help us walk in humility.

Jesus has all power over pride and He will change us into servants who do great things in His Kingdom.

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