Something is wrong here

great

Today’s Reading Luke 22-24

I am not sure when it happened. In some ways it seems like it has been going on forever and in other ways it seems like just yesterday it started. What am I referring to? This obsession with power and greatness. We have a president now who made it a rallying cry for people and apparently many responded to it.

We also see evidence of it in our corporate world as profit and dividend are king and queen. We see it in military budgets that have gone out of control in our own country. We are witnesses to it everywhere. We even see it in churches where “size matters” in new ways all the time; Attendance, budgets, buildings, etc.

What has happened? What is this fascination with power and greatness? Do I need to make you feel inferior so that I feel better? It all seems so confusing to me. However, I guess there is some solace to be found. It is not a new conversation.

Jesus in a section of today’s reading is responding to a dispute that the disciples were having about greatness . It is a fascinating look at the mindset of some of Jesus’ closest companions. They couldn’t help themselves. They wanted to know who was the best and who had the most influence. They couldn’t see past their own egos.

Jesus reminded them that they were to be like he was and that was a servant. It isn’t about fancy titles or any perks for the job. It is about caring for those that we are called to help. It is about being light in a dark world. It is about bring comfort where comfort is difficult to find.

Real greatness isn’t found in a paycheck. It has nothing to do with a flag. It isn’t because of a hat you where. Greatness isn’t determined by where you go to school or what church you go to.  What makes a country great is the people. What makes greatness is the willingness of people to respond to a call, the call to serve.

Greatness is not found in a paycheck or a flag. It is not found in fancy cars or mansions. Greatness is found wherever love, grace, and compassion are evident and hate, indecency, and cruelty are not allowed to take hold.

Let’s go be great today.

***Note***

We are in Day 24 of a 40 day read through the New Testament challenge today. The first 30 days of readings are listed below.

***End Note ***

First 30 Days of Reading
Day 1 – Ash Wednesday
Mark 1-4

Thursday Day 2 – Mark 5-8

Friday Day 3 Mark 9-12

Saturday Day 4 Mark 13-16

Sunday

 Monday Day 5 1 & 2 Thessalonians

Tuesday Day 6 Galatians

Wednesday  Day 7  Philippians & Colossians

Thursday Day 8 Philemon & Ephesians

Friday Day 9 Matthew 1-7

Saturday Day 10 Matthew 8-12

Sunday

Monday Day 11 Matthew 13-18

Tuesday Day 12 Matthew 19-24

Day 13 Wednesday Matthew 25-28

Thursday Day 14 1 Corinthians 1-9

Friday Day 15 1 Corinthians 10-16

Saturday Day 16 2 Corinthians 1-13

Sunday

Monday Day 17 Romans 1-8

Tuesday Day 18 Romans 9-16

Wednesday Day 19 Luke 1-3

Thursday Day 20 Luke 4-7

Friday Day 21 Luke 8-11

Saturday Day 22 Luke 12-16

Sunday

Monday Day 23 Luke 17-21

Today Tuesday Day 24 Luke 22-24

Wednesday Day 25 Acts 1-6

Thursday Day 26 Acts 7-10

Friday Day 27 Acts 11-16

Saturday Day 28 Acts 17-22

Sunday

Monday Day 29 Acts 23-28

Tuesday Day 30 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus

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