The Greatest of All Time - Your Daily Forward Devotional


The Greatest of All Time


April 26


Read Mark 10:42-45 (ESV)

And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”



How does Jesus’ description of greatness differ from the way the world views greatness?


We are a culture obsessed with greatness. Just watch documentaries on any sports channel that highlight “the greats” of every sport. We love competition because it separates the average from the excellent. Reality TV features baking competitions, talent shows, home remodeling showdowns, races, dance-offs...really almost any activity you can think of has a competition on TV. We all want to be great at something and we all enjoy marveling at the greatness in others.


But who is the greatest of all time? The greatest man who ever lived? Jesus wins that contest by a landslide. Even when He humbled Himself and became a man, He was still God. He is all-powerful and all-knowing. He is King of all kings and Lord of all lords. He is good and wise. Just and loving. And He was sinless. He was perfect. No human can compete with Him on any level. None of us even come close. We all fall pathetically short of His greatness.


But when James and John start asking for a position of honor in His kingdom, Jesus doesn’t tell them to be like Him in His greatness. He tells them they have to be like Him in His suffering and death (Mark 10:35-40). The honor to be had is not sharing in His glory but in His humiliation and shame.


Jesus went on to speak today’s passage to all of His disciples. They were expecting Him to become a political force and as His inner circle, they were expecting Him to give them powerful positions as well. But Jesus said that they are not to lord their God-given authority over the people. Instead, they are supposed to humbly serve others.


Jesus pointed out that, as His disciples, they were to be learning from Him. He was not lording His authority over other men even though He had all of the power in the world and every right to do so. Instead, Jesus dedicated His life to serving others. His entire ministry was about teaching others and performing miracles that were a blessing to them. He especially humbled Himself in His death when He died on the cross for us. He gave up His life even though He was powerful enough to stop it. He willingly laid His life down so that the entire world might be saved.


Friends, in Jesus’ kingdom, humility, service, and sacrifice lead to greatness. There is no other way. In Mark 9:35, Jesus put it this way: “And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, ‘If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.’” How can you make yourself last and serve sacrificially in His name today?



Jesus, I don’t need honor, wealth, or fame. Help me to lay my life down in service to others. Help me to give up my selfish wants and desires and, in humility, consider others more important than myself (Philippians 2:3). Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford



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a year ago
Lord, I don't want to be great by this world's standards. Thank You Lord Jesus for Your definition of what being great is all about. Help me to serve others just as You did.
a year ago
Jesus has told us the most important part of our lives through Him, are our hearts and to Love. Jesus tells us we are to imitate Him in every way with acception to "healing" anyone. As Pastor Nat stated Jesus is Perfect and Sinless the only man/person that will ever be. "I am The I Am". We are to do all things from the heart, Love and serve put others before ourselves just as Jesus did and remains to do today. We are to be humble at all times in all things. The Glory , Honor and Praise belong only to Jesus.

Father often we forget that we are to Love, believe and see others as well ourselves as You do. Father with true Love for You I Pray request You would remind us to always lead with Love, humble ourselves before all others. We know Father this is not easy, I ask Lord You will bring to us those You want us to Uplift Inspire Encourage in every way of You. For Lord there is and will never be anything better than You! Thank Father that I can give all my weakness to You and yet You still call me Your Friend and child. I seek Father to be "rich" in You Jesus to become more like You as You tell us several times in Your Love story to us. Father we all fall short of The Glory of God and we are suppose to. For if we do not fall short it shows we do not rely lean solely on You. Father Faithful is Your name. I Thank You for working on and within us each new day given from You.
I humbly requesting ask pray and surrender it all to You Lord in Jesus name Amen
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