During Jesus’ lifetime no one ever said that he was great and influential. There were people who looked down at him, despised Him and rejected Him. Yet He is really great. He served others in their different needs, He showed compassion to the poor, needy and the lonely. He brought life, joy and meaning to people’s lives.
What does Jesus say about true greatness?
Read Mt. 20: 25-28
25 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,  27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,  28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
What does Jesus mean by saying this?
a. They were greatly displeased : The other ten disciples mistakenly thought that a unique honor had just been bestowed on James and John. They did not know that Jesus could have made the same promise to any of them (if they really wanted it!).
b. Yet it shall not be so among you : Their desire for position and status showed they didn’t know the nature of Jesus yet, in respect to leadership and power.
Yet it shall not be so among you Plainly, the church isn’t to operate the way the world does.
c. Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant : In the Kingdom community, status, money, popularity should never be the prerequisites for leadership. Humble service is the greatest - and only - prerequisite, as exemplified by Jesus’ own ministry.
d. Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve : Real ministry is done for the benefit of those ministered to, not for the benefit of the minister. Many people are in the ministry for what they can receive (either materially or emotionally) from their people instead of for what they can give.
By knowing the meaning of True greatness, we no longer measure ourselves and others by what we possess, our success, outstanding talents or others’ judgments but by what we are.
We are too easily distracted by our society.
So what are we?
Children of God beloved by Him.
How can we follow Jesus as a truly great person?
It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned what we should spend these lives in helping others.
We are shaped to serve God…
What is real sympathy?
Entering and sharing the pain of others
Sympathy meets 2 fundamental needs for people.
What are they?
Being understood and
The need to have feelings validated.
With your heart
What are some typical judgments that we impose on other people and ourselves? Why do we think of this way?
How do you feel might be a part of the “Life Message” that God has given you to share with the world?