Day 131 – Least is Greatest
On: March 11, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” [Luke 9:46-48]

By placing their argument here, Luke draws an embarrassingly acute contrast between the disciples’ lack of effectiveness and understanding in the previous scene, and this bellicose claim to fame. Jesus, in His always winsome way, presents a child to act like a mirror in which the disciples can review their own priorities. They were probably startled at the example set before them.

Holding this up alongside a contemporary culture that lauds self-ambition, craves status and envies celebrity, reveals that there is a chasm as wide as an ocean between Jesus’ economy and the way of the world.

If I am to run my life on the basis of Jesus’, I must strip down my priorities and targets and review them comprehensively and urgently. Only when the world sees a group of people living their lives by Kingdom values, will they take note and find themselves challenged that there is a better way to run this world.

It is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest

Prayer:

Father God, help me to put behind me childish ways, and live with a simplicity and freedom from desire for status that a child has no choice but to live. Amen

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