Great in the Eyes of the Lord

Many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. [Luke 1:14-15 NLT]

These words could have been spoken about Jesus. Yet they were spoken about John the Baptist, by the angel Gabriel to Zechariah, to John's father. I wonder what was going through Zechariah's mind when he heard the angel speak these words? What did being "great in the eyes of the Lord" mean to him?

What do you think it means to be "great in the eyes of the Lord"? Jesus put it this way:
"I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." [Luke 7:28 NASB]
I believe that Jesus refers not to others but to himself as the one "who is least in the kingdom of God". He is the least because he is the servant of all. In these few words he describes what it means to be great in the eyes of the Lord. To be great one must be least. Put others first. Be a servant. Walk humbly.

Lord. I am proud. Help me to humble myself. Put others first. And follow your example in serving others.

... this devotion is part of a series about John the Baptist.

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