“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (NLT)
In American society, grandeur equals greatness. Jaws drop at thunderous slam dunks, minds open at the sound of clever speech, and friendships form around an abundance of finances.
Are those in the bright lights truly great? Does wealth determine worth? We answer “no,” but our actions call us liars.
Christians (as a society) are no better. We say “there are different gifts, but the same Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:4) while we fawn over our favorites, proclaiming them to be exceptional pictures of godly, holy living without ever encountering them in private.
I would wager that our society fails to see what is truly great. The man who consistently expresses loves to his children, day after day, sacrificing his own desires for their satisfaction is truly great. The woman who remains faithful, day after day, to a soldier traversing foreign lands is truly great. The child that takes care of an ailing parent, day after day, is truly great.
If greatness is determined when there is no audience, what does this mean for Christians? I believe private acts of love, benevolence, faithfulness, and consistency, both to Christ and others, are what determine the stature of an individual.
It’s easy to act grand when the world watches. It’s what you do when no one will ever know. Those moments determine if we are truly great or if we are another average pretender worshiping the “great” idols of our culture.