Do you know where the term “pecking order” comes from? If you take ten random chickens and put them in a pen together with some chicken feed, within minutes they will form a hierarchy based on dominance. They’ll establish a “pecking order.” Instinctively, they will determine who the number one chicken will be, and the number two chicken, and so on, all the way down to the unlucky last chicken. Many people go through life operating under a similar philosophy, using different gauges for determining their rank.
Yet, in all of history, no one was more qualified to be at the top of the pecking order than Jesus Christ. He created everything. He owns everything. He is Lord over all the earth. Instead of flaunting his position at the top of the pecking order, Jesus Christ let it go. He made Himself nothing. He gave up His rights. He humbled Himself. He became a servant. (Phil. 2:4-11)
In Jesus Christ, we see greatness personified. So, why is Christ great? For me, the most compelling reason is His humility. Man’s view of greatness is subjective; God’s view of greatness is objective. The object is Christ.
I recently heard a great definition of humility: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself. It is thinking of yourself less.” True greatness is selflessly serving others. As believers, we must make the conscious decision to ‘choose greatness’ every day. We must choose humility. Our best moments come when we have the same attitude as Christ. Our best moments come when we follow Christ by serving others.
Reposted from Dallas Dykes with permission.