A Note from Dino Rizzo – September 2018
In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached a sermon called “The Drum Major Instinct.” In it, he shares about how we all have a desire to be important, to be great, to “lead the parade.” And while sometimes this desire can be our downfall, it can also be a righteous desire. The truth is, Jesus wants to be great in us and through us. So what does true greatness actually mean?
It isn’t about our knowledge, our abilities, or our accomplishments. In the Kingdom of God, greatness simply means, servanthood. The best part is, anyone can be a servant!
In his sermon, Dr. King says, “By giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.”
Dr. King reflects further on this redefined idea of greatness.
“If I can help somebody as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody with a word or song,
If I can show somebody, he’s traveling wrong,
Then my living will not be in vain.
If I can do my duty as a Christian ought,
If I can bring salvation to a world once wrought,
If I can spread the message as the master taught,
Then my living will not be in vain.”
“Yes, Jesus, I want to be on your right or your left side, not for any selfish reason, not in terms of some political kingdom or ambition. But I just want to be there in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so that we can make of this old world a new world.”
Amen, Dr. King.
Have you been going by the world’s definition of greatness or by Jesus’ definition of greatness? I want to encourage you, that no matter who you are, what your title is, what you have or don’t have – you can be GREAT. Start showering others in grace and love and watch how you find yourself wrapped up in a life that is full of true greatness, one that is all about sharing the salvation of Jesus with everyone we possibly can.
With Love & Appreciation,
Executive Director, ARC