Is it possessions?
In the world today the most common symbol of greatness is what a man
owns. This is common among those who do not believe in God and can be a possession such as a
mansion or big fancy car.
It can also be a title such as doctor, lawyer, etc. or a degree from a
particular college. No matter what it is, it is something external that sets a person above
the common people.
For a biblical view on this definition of greatness, we look at the
book of Luke chapter 18. In verses 18-29, we are told the story of the rich ruler. This man
had the money (rich) as well as the title (ruler), yet Jesus considered him to be the least
and not the greatest.
The man asked Jesus what he must do to be saved and was told to keep
the commandments. The man was probably glad because he had kept the commandments since he
was a boy. Then, Jesus told him that he still lacked one thing. He was then told to sell all
his possessions, give to the poor, then to follow Jesus. We can see from that story that God
is not impressed by our titles or possessions.