Being the Greatest in the Kingdom

  • Mark 9:35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
  • Matthew 18:1-3 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
  • Matthew 23:10-12 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
  • Luke 22:26-28 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

God’s ways are not the world’s ways. Who would have thought that to be first you needed to be last and the servant of all? Who would have thought that the greatest in the kingdom of heaven would have to take the position of a servant? We are called to serve others. Our own Messiah washed His disciples’ feet and told them they should wash one another’s feet (John 13:14).

How to be great in the kingdom of heaven:
  1. Jesus served and called us to serve. Ask God if you have a servant’s heart, as He knows you better than you know yourself. If serving doesn’t come easy to you, meditate on related scriptures and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what Jesus meant. As He leads you, renew your mind and allow Him to transform you.
  2. Begin to see others as Jesus did. When you do, everyone becomes important and an opportunity to lavish God’s love and to serve.
  3. Obey His command of love and purpose yourself to serve where He calls you to serve. Don’t just serve to serve but ask Him where He needs you so that He can direct you to His plans for your life.
  4. Serve those around you and see them through the eyes of Christ. Think of them as better than yourself.


Call to action:
Think of a person you could serve, i.e. homeless and elderly. Take time to ask God and obey His directions. Make a habit of loving and serving others.