Our Sr. Pastor mentioned in his sermon a while back that Jesus was 33 when he died. I guess it struck a real cord with me because I am still thinking about it, I guess the fact that I am 34 has something to do with it. I wonder at the things he accomplished, things that have had some staying power (2.1 Billion people claim to be his follower).
This has stirred me to reflect on my life, what have I accomplished in my 34 years? As I think about that I realize that the things that I pursue as "great things" are not very much like what Jesus considered to be great. Jesus didn't start any programs, he only spoke to crowds that gathered around him naturally (he didn't do any advertising). Jesus wasn't a dynamic personality, people were drawn to him because of who he was, not because he was a great leader, or a powerful person. The only group he formed was a group that just kind of wandered around with him seemingly aimlessly. He avoided crowds, had a quiet personality and what he considered great were things like meekness, mercy, peacemaking, the persecuted, hardly the makings of what I think of as great accomplishments.
I think I need to rethink what greatness looks like, and start being more like Jesus.