Jesus Measures Greatness by Service
Jesus said, “You can tell what they are by what they do.” (Matthew 7:16 CEV)
RAMBLINGS from Kris King’s hubby – Kris and I had a great time relaxing in beautiful south Florida with some wonderful weather. We really enjoyed our ride a few days ago in the water-taxi. Everyone on board was fascinated with the magnificent homes and yachts we passed. I thought about our kids, and how much they would enjoy taking in all these sights.
There were names being thrown around that you would recognize immediately, many of whom graced the most recent issues of People or Forbes. As I look back, I consider lives that by the world’s standards are the epitome of success. People who have $10 million beach homes in addition to other properties. People who own multi-million dollar yachts that sit around most of the time unused.
Home after home, yacht after yacht, we saw staff cleaning, repairing, replacing, serving. I watched on one yacht 7 different crew taking care of one individual sitting at a table on the stern of a 140′ vessel.
Could these people be involved in some great ministry work? Sure. We know wealthy people that stay busy spreading the Gospel while helping worthy causes. But unfortunately that seems to be the exception. The majority of these have all the world offers today, but with no hope for eternity. Early in my career I worked for a man who recently sold his company for $20 billion. Unless things have changed in the last 10 years, at an age near 80, he is spiritually bankrupt …worshipping nothing but money and Mother Earth.
In the twinkling of an eye, their lives here will be over. God won’t ask them what kind of Bentley they drove. He won’t ask in which jet they flew. He will ask them one of two questions: Why they didn’t accept the gift His Son had for them, or why they didn’t do more with what He gave them?!?
The bottom line is that we have all been called by God to serve. Jesus was the model of the servant leader. In the end, those men and women “servants” on those yachts I saw may be the ones with great heavenly wealth in the end. God’s standard of measurement is very different from our own.
…But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10: 43-45)