True Greatness


May you be motivated by Love in all that you do.

(Listen to my song “Breathe On Me” by clicking HERE)


Matthew 18:1-4

At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.


Our culture says the one who wins…who comes out on top…is the one who is exulted.

The person who attains the most power, prestige and possessions receives the glory.

That person is the greatest.

Jesus, however, says the opposite.

He says the one who is humble…who reaches out to help those in need and joins those at the bottom…that person gets is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus praises the one who trusts and depends on God like a child depends on a parent.

There is certainly nothing wrong with receiving praise from an achievement. The question is…what is your motivation? Are you responding to the call of God…or the call of your ego?

Which kingdom are you serving…God’s or your own?

Are you building your own kingdom…or are you humbling yourself and allowing God to lead you in helping to build God’s kingdom?

This is a great question to ask yourself each day. I know for me…it is very humbling to see my mixed motivations!

The more you humble yourself and allow your ego’s desires to diminish…the more God’s desires can grow in you…and the clearer your calling will become.


Listen to the song of the day “Breathe On Me” by clicking HERE.

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Remember…God loves you!


About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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