That Is Great
And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” – Mark 9:33-35
In Mark's gospel, there is the story of Jesus inviting Peter, James and John to accompany him to the top of a mountain. While up there, he allows them to see the glory of God and experience something few human beings would ever live to tell about.
This encounter should have infused passion, joy and humility into their group and brought them closer together. Yet before they even reached the next town, they were posturing about who was the greatest among them. They lived so long ago in another part of the world but they acted just like we do.
They got sucked in to the hierarchical view of life. The hierarchical view asserts that the higher you are translates into the most influence, significance and greatness. The world’s philosophy is you are great if others are working for you. Jesus' message is that greatness comes from serving others.
So do something great today. Help a person in need, assist a co-worker that didn't ask for it, be nice to that individual who mistreats you, or take someone to lunch. Just know that these things won’t be recognized as great by the world but like Jesus instructed, that is what will make it great.