What makes someone great?

Our whole lives are directed by our answer to this question.

Whether it’s in class or on the pitch, at work or in relationships – whatever it is, we want to do something great.

We want to be great. Which could be very sinful.

But it depends what kind of greatness we aspire to.  Jesus said that “among those born of women there is no one greater than John” (Luke 7:28).

He was talking about John the Baptist. So what made him so great?

True Greatness

John the Baptist was known to be a crazy street-preacher. He was a real celebrity of his day.  

But while this locust-eating baptiser was once the talk of the town, Jesus was now here. And John’s followers got annoyed by Jesus' popularity (John 3:26).

John’s response to their annoyance is brief. But it’s the best window into his heart – the clearest display of John’s greatness.

He must become greater; I must become less. John 3:30

New Direction

Do you see the irony?

John’s greatness was to become less. This isn’t the false humility of thinking lowly of ourselves – that’s just another form of self-obsession.

No, John’s no longer thinking about himself at all. He wants Jesus to be seen as great.

And that’s what makes John great.

True greatness is to direct our lives towards One who is greater than us – to display his holy character and to speak of how great he is.

This is what John lived for (Luke 3:16). It’s what he died for (Matthew 14:10). Is that true of you?

Jesus is calling you to greatness.

“Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” Luke 7:28

So aim for greatness. In class, on the pitch, at work, in church - become less by acting, speaking and living for the greatness of the One who is greater than you.