Let's Talk About Being Great

by Brent Lamberth

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

Today, let's talk about...

BEST LIFE

 

Luke 22:24-27

 

An argument broke out among the disciples over which one of them should be regarded as the greatest.

25 But Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles rule over their subjects, and those in authority over them are called ‘friends of the people.’ 26 But that’s not the way it will be with you. Instead, the greatest among you must become like a person of lower status and the leader like a servant. 27 So which one is greater, the one who is seated at the table or the one who serves at the table? Isn’t it the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

Key Passage: 
Instead, the greatest among you must become like a person of lower status and the leader like a servant. So which one is greater, the one who is seated at the table or the one who serves at the table? Isn’t it the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. —Luke 22:26-27

Commentary:

When we think about our individual pursuits of greatness, it’s tempting to equate other pursuits, such as pursuit of money, fame, or power, as necessary. Outside voices tell us that greatness is achieved only when we become this or accomplish that. Our selfish desires tell us that we, indeed, deserve to be served and seated at the table. Yet when we reflect on qualities of the people in our lives we consider to be great, images of selflessness and servitude often come to mind. And as Jesus demonstrated perfectly, a life lived in pursuit of love and sacrifice for God and others is the only way to embrace true greatness.

 

Questions to Discuss:

Who is one of the greatest people you’ve ever known personally? What makes (or made) her or him great?

In what earthly pursuits are you most often tempted to define your greatness?

 

TAKE AWAY

Becoming great is no easy feat—especially since we often don’t know how to become great. The world tells us that greatness can only be pursued through money or fame or power or pleasure and that greatness is a seat at the table being served by others. However, if we truly believe that Jesus is the epitome of greatness, we are compelled to follow his lead—living a life that is defined by generosity, faith, and love.

Becoming great is no easy feat—especially since we often don’t know how to become great. The world tells us that greatness can only be pursued through money or fame or power or pleasure and that greatness is a seat at the table being served by others. However, if we truly believe that Jesus is the epitome of greatness, we are compelled to follow his lead—living a life that is defined by generosity, faith, and love.

 

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