What is it that draws people to watch professional sports? I have asked this question of myself, I know that I’m not that different from the average guy or gal in this regard. I have concluded that it is probably a little more than just watching the professional to marvel at his or her performance. It has to do with my desire to experience greatness myself.
The disciples felt the same thing for Jesus. They aspired to be like Him. They saw Him in action. They made Him the object of greatness. But frequently, they skipped the part that has to do with the imitation of greatness. They replaced that with selfish ambition. They confused their greatness with what made Jesus great. They got into arguments and disagreements over who would be appointed to a cabinet position in the Jesus administration. Even though they watched Him heal the sick, serve the outcasts, and preach the kingdom, they weren’t getting it. They attached themselves to the activity His service produced and not to Him. Position and power replaced service and sacrifice in their hearts, and it was time for a literal “come to Jesus” meeting.
The velvet of his grace was taken off for these conversations. The belt of truth needed to be applied to their spiritual fannies. If they wanted to be great, they needed to get one thing straight: you are never greater than when you are acting in the favor of others.
Service tip: Don’t pimp God for personal recognition. Forget personal recognition and be willing to act in favor of others. “So he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with a towel that was wrapped around him.”
Father, It’s time for me to imitate not just aspire.