Which of them was the greatest?

An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.” Luke 9:46-48

It seems to be human nature to want to be the favorite. Kids ask parents which one is their favorite and are unsatisfied when the parent answers that they have no favorite. We tell our kids we love them all equally and what they do not realize it that we love each one in a special way and each one just as much as the others. Maybe at times we may not like them very much and sometimes we may be dissatisfied with them but the love is always there. The disciples are no different. They too want to know who Jesus’ favorite was. Who was the greatest of the twelve?

What does Jesus do? He hugs a child and uses the moment as a teaching moment. And in this saying every parent is told what they need to do, receive their children in Jesus name. We need to make sure that our children know about Jesus, know who Jesus is and accept and follow Jesus. Nothing else we do as parents will be as important. Yes we are to cloth and feed them and take care of them. Yes we are to educate them and love them. But our most important act of love to our children is to introduce them to God.

The Jesus tells His disciples something that His life exemplified, “who is least among you all is the one who is great.” Jesus came to serve not seek power. The best example is when Jesus washed the disciple’s feet before the final Passover meal. Foot washing was a Jewish custom before a meal and it was always performed by the lowliest servant. Even though equal Jesus the Son was subservient to God the Father. But, and I think this is the most important part; Jesus was willingly subservient to the Father. If we serve only because we have to or because we want to make a show of our humbleness then we have missed Jesus’ point.

Humanity was created to serve, love and worship God. But we were not created so we have to do those things. God wants us to do them because we want to do them. The funny thing is that when we serve others we gain more than we give. There is a satisfaction we get when we willingly serve that cannot be achieved any other way. I think the reason is that when we do so we are as close to imitating Jesus as we will ever get.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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2 Responses to Which of them was the greatest?

  1. A very good message David, we are to consider others better than ourselves, meaning to be willing to serve them but it has to be as you shared from the heart and not because we are forced into it, which is something God never does, He doesn’t want puppets, nor does He seek to manipulate and dominate like Carnal man does.

    We are to also take an interest in what interests others, No not in worldly activities and pursuits but in what they do in Ministry for the Lord, like with Blogging, are we interested in what others share about God’s Truth, do we take time to read and comment, do we also offer to help those in Ministry i the Church or even ask how they are going , do we encourage and uplift others whenever there is an opportunity to do so and do we rebuke and warn others in Church when they are in danger because of continuing to sin, in other words do we Love others.

    I felt what you shared David about Parents teaching Children about God, was very True and yes very needed.

    Christian Love in our unity in Christ Jesus – Anne.

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