This Month's Promise

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him...”

- (Romans 15:13)


Read: Matthew 20: 20-28


WHAT IS TRUE GREATNESS?


"Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” (I John 2:6)


Pride is one of the oldest sins. By it angels fell. Jude 6 says, “And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home - these He has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.” From pride, even saints of God receive their greatest injuries after conversion. Let us be careful not to become proud. In this world, men and women are motivated to be boastful and proud, but the standard of the world and the standard of the Lord Jesus are widely different. They are highly contradictory one to the other. Among the people of the world, he who has many lands, great wealth, many servants, high rank and most earthly power is considered as the greatest. But among the people of God, he who does most to promote the spiritual and temporal happiness of his fellowbeings is considered as the greatest. “True greatness consists not in receiving but giving, not in obtaining selfishly best things for oneself but in imparting good to others, not in being served but in serving, not in sitting still and being ministered but in going about and ministering to others”, writes J.C. Ryle. God sees far more beauty in the work of a missionary than in the victory of a general or in the political speech of a knowledgeable man. Our Lord Jesus should be the true example of a Christian. “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28) Not only has the Father provided those who follow after holiness with the most encouraging of promises and best of commands, but He has supplied them with the most perfect pattern and example in the life of His Son Jesus and He bids us walk in His footsteps.


Dear friends, Jesus is the model after which we must strive to mould our words, our works and our entire life. How He would have spoken and behaved is the key to how we should speak and behave in this evil world. May the Lord give us His grace to live humbly. That is only true greatness.




PRAYER: Heavenly Father, let me not seek greatness in my wealth, or job or possessions. Let me follow the example of Jesus. Let me serve, but let me not wish to be served. Let me be humble and never become proud, which is the character of a worldly person. Amen.