THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2018
GREATNESS IN SERVANTHOOD – 2
February 28, 2018
Today’s gospel: Matthew 20:17-28
We are to be great in Christ. For some, that will be their
undoing, as they look to sinful pride in such greatness. For
others, that will be their exaltation, as they accept greatness
had just finished telling his disciples about his coming passion
(v.17-19). But here are James and John, together with their
mother, asking Jesus for seats of honor at his right and at
his left in his kingdom (v.20-21). And even when Jesus, in
reference to what would happen to him and conversely to his
followers, asked them if they could drink the cup of suffering,
they said yes. (v.22b).
“when the ten heard this, they became indignant at the
two brothers.” (v.24). It probably was not because they
thought the two were doing something outrageous. Rather, they
themselves were thinking the same things, desiring the same
positions of glory, but were beaten to it by the two!
then used this live situation to teach them a lesson. “You
know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and
the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it
shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great
among you shall be your servant” (v.25-26). It was not
wrong to be great, or even to wish to be great in the sense
of doing great things for God and for His glory, but greatness
was not about worldly power but about humble service.
first is the last. The greatest is the least. “Whoever
wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.” (v.27).
Greatness is about taking the lowest place, and just allowing
God to lift up the humble to great heights. It is not about
being the lord but being the servant. It is the very posture
of Jesus, who is Lord and Master. “Just so, the Son
of Man did not come to be served but to serve” (v.28a).
And in such service, it is to give one’s all, to hold
nothing back, to offer one’s very life. Like Jesus,
it is “to give his life as a ransom for many.”
are destined for greatness. Desire it, as God’s will
for you. But understand well what it entails. Let not Jesus
say, “You do not know what you are asking.” (v.22a).