Luke 9:33-35 says: “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
So often, I hear people explain that this verse reveals how we should not push for greatness. They believe one should not strive to broaden their platform, aspire to be an effective leader, or be ambitious. That, to do so, is straight up unbiblical.
I disagree. Jesus doesn’t tell them they are wrong for wanting to be great. He doesn’t chastise them for wanting to be first. He just tells them: If you want to achieve greatness, if you want to be first, you need to go about it a differently than you are now. If you want to truly be great. He must become greater; you must become less. (John 3:30)
If being great was wrong, He wouldn’t have referred to John the Baptist as one of the greatest men alive. He would have avoided this terminology all together. If being great was wrong, he wouldn’t have told the disciples how to accomplish it. God is not restricting your greatness, He’s just re-routing your path to accomplishing it.
The question to ask is why do you desire it? If you want to be great for the sake and cause of Christ then put yourself in a position to achieve it. Make Him the soul motivation of all you do.