How to become a great person? I will tell you directly the answer to that question. To become a great person, you need to be humble and be a servant. In other words, you must be a humble servant. The following are our Lord Jesus Christ’s answers to the questions about greatness:
Matthew 18:1-6 (NIV)
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Matthew 23:11-12 (NIV)
The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Mark 9:34-35 (NIV)
But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
Luke 9:46-48 (NIV)
An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all—he is the greatest.”
Luke 22:24-30 (NIV)
Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
The verses above tell us that being a servant, who humbles himself, is considered the real great person. Being a servant means being strong and abundant, for how can a person serve others if he is weak and lazy? Being a humble also means being resistant and patient, for how can a person defeat evil and pride if he is frail and impatient?
Our Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, has set himself as an example of this greatness by sacrificing His own blood to wash our sins and save us from eternal punishment. Our Father God Almighty also showed us His greatness by always serving us: sending us prophets, preachers and His beloved Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Despite of our various sins and disobedience, they humbly serve us to give us the salvation we need to have eternal life. They do this because of their abundant love – the greatest thing you can do to become a great person.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.