TUESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER, 2018
THEME: TRUE GREATNESS
TEXT: LUKE 22:25 – 32
MEMORY VERSE: LUKE 22: 31 – 32 “And the Lord said, Simeon, Simeon! Indeed Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.
Everyone aspires to be great in life, but we often misconstrue the right way to greatness. At times we think that we can be great through influence we have, our certificates, the profession we belong to and certain talents we possess. In the real sense of it all, these do not make one to be great. The Biblical principle of greatness is to live a life of selfless service. One thing that makes a child of God to be recognized as so is when he /she gives himself/herself to serve his/her subordinates. Jesus, the Master and Lord of lords, showed this example when He washed the feet of His disciples. He said to them “I am among you as the one who serves (Luke. 22: 27b).
Towards the end of Jesus earthly ministry, the disciples argued among themselves who should be the greatest, having been aware that He had inner caucus among them. The argument might have arisen with the hope that if Jesus should know of it He would appoint someone as their leader before He left them finally. But the thought of Jesus was not in tandem with that of His disciples and His ways were not their ways. The disciples were looking at being great on earth whereas Jesus was looking at being great in heaven.
Your being great on earth is limited, but your greatness in heaven is limitless and unending. If you are great on earth and your name is not in the book of life that greatness is of no value and it is meaningless. Aspire to be great in the Kingdom of God both here and hereafter.
The real source of your greatness is to serve God and humanity while alive.
HYMN: EMHB 356 – GREAT GOD OF WONDERS
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, give me grace to live my life to serve You and humanity so that I can be great here and in Heaven in Jesus’ name.