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Lesson 51: The Path to Greatness (Luke 9:46-48)

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We all live in the light of the beautiful profundity of the life, work, and message of Jesus Christ. Despite this fact, we can act and think and converse with one another as if such huge realities had no bearing on us. The original disciples struggled with this too, and Luke brings this out in his gospel account by recalling a much-needed dialogue about true greatness; he does this on the heels of writing about Jesus foretelling his death. Through giving numerous examples of what it means to have a prideful or humble heart, and by drawing out the truth of how children are an example to us of what actual greatness looks like, Pastor Daniel drives home the point that “the path to true greatness is trod upon not by the boots of the victorious warrior, or the cleats of a multi-million dollar ballplayer, or the wing-tipped business shoes of the CEO but by the cracked, blistered bare feet of the servant.” A desire to be great in God’s economy will only be satisfied in humbly attending to the needs of others and seeing their needs as greater than one’s own.

Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff

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