Living by Grace

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Descending into Greatness

… whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave … Matthew 20:26b-27


The mother of James and John had asked Jesus to permit her sons to sit on His right hand and His left in His Kingdom. Jesus knew that this request came from a desire for greatness. Jesus finished His statement on how to attain greatness with:


… just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."  Matthew 20:28


In Philippians 2:6-8, Paul tells how Jesus left His throne in heaven, took on the form of a bondservant and became a man to die like a common criminal on a cross. Paul follows that statement of Jesus’ descent with the words:


Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name … Philippians 2:9


Jesus descended into greatness. With men, a desire for greatness is fulfilled by ascension—“Climbing the ladder” as some say.  


In the eyes of man, greatness is attained by those who by nature possess more than others of such things as talent, intelligence or human courage. Only a few attain that greatness.


Divine love is the only quality needed to make ourselves slaves to others and great in the eyes of the Lord. When one experiences the crucifixion of His flesh, he also experiences the filling of the Holy Spirit. A spirit-filled believer is a love-filled child of God.


Those who continue to be filled with the Spirit continue to descend into greatness.