In 2001, researcher Jim Collins wrote a book that took the business and leadership worlds by storm. It was titled, Good to Great and sought to answer one question: Can a good company become a great company, and if so, how?
Recognizing there were organizations whose definitions of success and greatness were based on something other than economic terms, Collins took the “Good to Great” concepts and applied them to these types of organizations in the 2005 monograph, Good to Great and the Social Sectors.
In some way, most everyone wants to be great (at least at something) but there is radical twist about what it means to be great that often gets overlooked in the common human approach to greatness. It’s a twist based on the responsibility that leads to greatness instead of the human tendency that greatness leads to privilege.
Part 3 (Step 3) of CCC’s Principle of the Path series uncovered this radical twist in an answer Jesus gave to a question asked of him by the mom of two of his closest followers.
Take a few minutes to read Matthew 20:20-28 and the next step of considering the following questions about what it means to be great.
- How would you define greatness?
- How would you describe the path to greatness?
- How does it strike you that the mother of James & John asked the question of Jesus?
- What do you think they understood about Jesus’ kingdom? What do you think they misunderstood about Jesus’ kingdom?
- Why do you think Jesus addressed James & John instead of their mother?
- What did Jesus mean when he asked if they could “drink the cup” he was about to drink?
- Why do you think James & John answered “yes”?
- What are some possible reasons the remaining 10 followers were indignant?
- How are things different in Jesus’ kingdom than the way the world approaches leadership, responsibility, and privilege?
- What comes to mind when you think of being a servant?
- Why might serving be a more effective way of life than powering up over people?
- In what ways did Jesus come to serve rather than be served? How does that provide us an example to follow?
- What next steps will you take to serve God, others, and the world around you?
Step 3 in CCC’s strategy/approach to developing wholehearted followers of Jesus is “serve God, others, and the world around us.” But serving is so much more than a step in a process – serving is about following the example of Jesus who came not to be served but to serve others.
Today is Monday – make it a day where you serve God, others, and the world around you!