I think that God created us with a desire to do great things. Sounds simple, right? I find myself wanting to be great– to do something new, to be famous. I think it was Warhol who said something like In the future, everybody will be famous for one minute. Well personally, I wouldn’t be happy with that. I want to be famous for several years, at least. I want to leave a legacy, I want people to say great things about me when I’m gone.
In the Louvre Museum in Paris, there is a breathtaking collection of bigger-than-lifesize sculptures of the Ancient Greek characters like Zeus and Hercules. In many of them, they are carved at maybe a 1:1.25 scale– big enough to be intimidating but not so big they’re unbelievable. Think about it. If you were six feet tall that would make you seven-five in Ancient Greece. Often in these sculptures they’re wrestling with giant serpents or lions. Even from Ancient Greece we see the desire to be ‘cast in bronze’ forever and to be remembered for accomplishing great things. Is this wrong? Is it human or God-given? I don’t know, and I’m not pretending I have the answer, but I can certainly relate to this desire.
But the desire to be great looks different from Jesus’ perspective. Wouldn’t you agree?