TUESDAY, JANUARY 28
“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant.”
Mark 10:43 (ESV)
SERVING OTHERS IS A REQUIREMENT FOR LIVING A GREAT LIFE
Liberace, one of the most popular pianists of his day, removed suffering from the music he played. One could truly say, because of his light and frothy touch, that he tickled the ivory. “My whole trick is to keep the tune well out in front,” he said. “If I play Tchaikovsky, I play his melodies and skip his spiritual struggles. Naturally, I condense. I have to know just how many notes my audience will stand for. If there’s time left over, I fill in with a lot of runs up and down the keyboard.” Liberace did with his music what many of us would like to do with life: skip the hard parts. Sooner or later, though, despite our best efforts to avoid it, suffering pays us a visit. In Mark 10:32-45, Jesus tells his followers that they can expect to suffer if they want to follow him. (Source unknown)
Jesus seems to say there’s nothing wrong with our desire to be great, provided: a) we seek the right kind of greatness; b) we allow God to decide what greatness is; c) we are willing to pay the full price that greatness demands.
- B. Meyer once said: “I used to think that God’s gifts were on shelves one above the other; and that the taller we grew in Christian character the easier we could reach them. I now find that God’s gifts are on shelves one beneath the other. It is not a question of growing taller but of stooping lower; that we have to go down, always down, to get His best gifts.”
How have you experienced some of God’s greatest gifts by stooping lower to serve? Who have you seen model servant greatness? What are some lessons you can learn from them?