Sometimes the obvious is not so obvious.
For instance, Jesus confuses me when he contrasts greatness in the world to greatness in the Kingdom of Heaven. I completely agree with Jesus’ assessment of greatness in the wider society. The more people you control, the more important you are.
However, is Jesus really attaching spiritual greatness to the one who is “slave to all” (Mark 10:44)? I’m not at all reluctant to take up the mantle of servitude. I’m just wondering…does a person who “serves everybody” really do anybody any good?
I find I help people the most when I concentrate on just one. Or when I focus on one specific need. Recently, I tried to serve 50 different people with 20 different needs at the same time. No one was blessed, because I was stretched too thin. Was I 50 times more spiritual than when I spend all day with a hurting friend?
So I wonder…is greatness in Jesus’ economy measured by how much of me is serving, rather than the number I serve? What if we measured spirituality by how effectively we serve rather than how frantically we serve?