Keys to Greatness: Submission and Service
By A. W. Tozer
. . . Whosoever will be great among you,
let him be your minister; And whosoever
will be chief among you, let him be your
servant. Matthew 20:26,27
The essence of Christ's teaching concerning
greatness was this: true greatness among humans must be found in character, not in ability or position.
While a few philosophers and religionists of pre- Christian times had noted the fallacy in man's ideas of dominion and status, it was Christ who defined and demonstrated true greatness.
"Let him be your minister: let him be your servant." It is that simple and that easy---and that difficult!
We have but to follow Christ in service to the human race, a selfless service that seeks only to serve, and greatness will be ours! That is all, but it is too much, for it runs counter to all that is Adam in us. Adam still feels the instinct for dominion; he hears deep within him the command, "Replenish the earth and subdue it." There- fore he does not take kindly to the command to serve!
Sin must go and Adam must give way to Christ: so says our Lord in effect. By sin men have lost dominion, even their very right to it, until they win it back by humble service.
Though redeemed from death and hell by the
vicarious labor of Christ on the cross, still the right to have dominion must be won by each man separately. Each must fulfill a long apprenticeship as a servant before he is fit to rule.
After Christ had served (and His service included death) God highly exalted Him and gave Him a name above every name. As a man He served and won His right to have dominion. He knew where true greatness lay---and we do not.
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.