Everyone wants to be the “greatest.” We love it when someone tells us that we’re the “greatest cook” or the “greatest friend.” We give trophies for the “World’s Greatest Teacher” or the “World’s Greatest Grandma.” Even Jesus’ disciples were interested in being the “greatest” (Mark 9:34). What does the Bible have to say about being the “greatest”?
Three key uses of the word “greatest” in the New Testament reveal much to us. Jesus said, “Whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:4). Could you be considered the “greatest”? Jesus said, “He who is greatest among you shall be your servant” (Matt. 23:11). Could you be considered the “greatest”? Paul revealed, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13). Based upon your personal (and active) demonstration of agape love (i.e., unselfish, unconditional elevation of the needs of others), could you be considered the “greatest”?
When it comes to being the “greatest,” all that matters is God’s evaluation! – DS