Daily Devotional

November 19, 2019

The Secret to Greatness

Mark 9
They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

Written by: Robert Watson

When we look back on our lives, there will be moments that I call spiritual milestones. These are turning points, moments of rapid growth, or decisions that led us down a new path.

When I was 16 years old, I had one of these milestones. I was driving west down Guadalupe Road when I prayed a very heartfelt but simple prayer. “God, I want to be great. I want to do something great with my life.” In my mind, this meant writing a hit song, curing cancer, or inventing a world-changing piece of technology. I kept driving but my heart remained in that place and in that prayer.

As I look back on that admittedly selfish prayer, I smile knowing that God answered that prayer with a “Yes” in the most unexpected way. What I thought was greatness was not the same as God’s definition of greatness. According to Jesus’ teaching and example, greatness comes from serving. He then emphasizes the direct connection between serving kids and God.

I never wrote a hit song. Probably because I don’t sing or play an instrument. I never cured cancer or invented anything. But God did end up steering my path to volunteering with kids and students. As I look back on my life, I believe that prayer was a spiritual milestone that led me to true greatness. I believe God has given me the greatest honor of being able to serve kids in His name. I pray you too would experience the joy of welcoming kids and students in the name of Jesus.

ITP-Devo11.19Prayer: Father, thanks for loving all people, including me. Thank You for those you have used in my life to welcome me into Your family. Use me to be a part of something great. You teach that greatness comes from serving others. Help me to see opportunities to serve others and to have the courage to do it. Use my life to leave this world a better place than when I entered it. May You be glorified through my efforts. Thanks for letting me be a part of what You are doing in the lives of those around me. Thanks that I can play a small part in impacting the eternity of others. I pray that as we continue to grow and expand as a church, more and more people would experience the joy and greatness of serving others. Use the gifts You have given me for the common good. Amen.


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