Thursday, June 29, 2017

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Christian Greatness

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Church Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

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Luke 22:24-27

A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

Christian Greatness

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In our society, we have a very clear understanding of greatness. Great people are those who have accumulated and who make effective use of power. Generally, they’re aggressive and confident. And they expect, at the very least, deference if not complete obedience.  The magnitude of their greatness is measured by the size of their intellect or biceps or bank account. Great people inspire something between respect and fear, something between admiration and adulation. And they are the ones whom we want as friends but dread as enemies. Those are the people considered great within our world.

But that’s not the case in God’s kingdom. Although we might consider Presidents and generals and owners great, for God, truly great people are those who serve and sacrifice. Generally, they value peace and practice humility. They expect to give for the sake of others, and their greatness is shown by their willingness to love their neighbors and to treat others the way they’d like to be treated. For God, great people are servants who are often ignored or exploited. You see, they are the antithesis of those who weld power, and yet they are the ones who are most valued by God. They define Christian greatness.

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