When the Disciples were having a debate about WHO the greatest were, it surprised me that He did not rebuke them. No, He explained to them how it should be achieved.
Luke 22:24-27 – Who Is the Greatest?
A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.
The message Jesus gives is not that being great is something not to be desired, but that it looks different to be great compared to the world. We are short of servants in the Kingdom. People might have found them-self appointed as leaders because of their intellect, position in the community but we are in desperate need of true leaders. Men and women that will serve.
This might have been what paul had in mind when he said in 1 Timothy 3:1
Chapter 3 – Qualifications for Overseers
The saying is trustworthy:If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.
It is something to be desired!