All we heard yesterday was that this was the 50th year for the Super Bowl. I would take issue with that. It may have been the 50th year for the NFL Super Bowl, but the Original Super Bowl goes back way further than 1966. It goes back to a time recorded in John’s gospel. Jesus had gathered his disciples together in an upper room for a last meal. Peter would soon deny him, Judas would soon betray him, Pilate would was his hands of him, and on the story goes. It was the last meal, it was his last shot at Judas. What would you have done, Judas needed a fire and brimstone sermon. He needed a straight up hardnose sermon about loyalty and friendship. But instead of that Jesus takes a towel and a bowl of water and begins to wash the feet of the disciples. He could have taken a sword and forced Judas, rather he took a bowl/towel and washed him. That was the FIRST SUPER BOWL in my opinion. It should not surprise us that this is the first super bowl, it started with his servant heart and attitude.The winner of yesterday’s game can talk about and boast of greatness, but Jesus had a different opinion concerning greatness. Greatness in his mind is not about beating someone on the field of play or the field of battle. Jesus knew and taught that greatness comes through serving others. Matthew 20:26 and Mark 10:43 both tell us that greatness comes through serving others. “If anyone wants to be great among you, they must be your servant.” Greatness is not about brute strength, how fast you can run, how hard you can hit, or how far you can throw. Greatness is found in being a servant. Greatness is not always the starting quarterback, lineman, or linebacker. True biblical greatness may be found in the equipment manager or the medical trainer. They serve long and tireless hours most folks never realize and no reporters ever ask them for interviews.
The good news is that anybody can be great, you can be great. Greatness is in your grasp. Anybody can be great because anybody can be a servant.
How will you be great this week. Be great this week. Make this a week of greatness. Be great by encouraging others. Be great by fixing a meal for an elderly person. Be great by visiting a nursing home/hospital.Be great by sending a note of encouragement. Be great by picking up someone who doesn’t have a ride to church/ Dr. Office/ Grocery store.
Be great by volunteering for a ministry at church. Be great by seeing someone in need and trying to meet the need.
Be great by tutoring a child with home work. Be great by sharing an intentional act of kindness with someone.
Be great by denying self and serving others.That is what the SUPER BOWL that Jesus talked about really means.
Greatness comes by serving.
On the Journey,