Less Fret, More Faith
Who is the Greatest – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Mark 9:35-41
Key Verse: Mark 9:33-34
They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
Unrealistic comparisons have caused more stress in people’s lives than any other single thing, in my opinion. When we compare ourselves with others, two things are going to happen. One: We may become a prideful person, thinking more highly of ourselves than we should, or two: we are going to get down on ourselves and open the door to discouragement and even depression. If you are feeling on top, then there is stress to stay there! If you are feeling unimportant, then there is the stress of hopelessness.
Jesus knew He needed to set His disciples down and drill home the truth about the argument they had had among themselves that day. To really get their attention, He took a child and had the child stand amid them. Jesus picked the child up and held him. Looking His disciples in the eyes, Jesus said: “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me…” Here Jesus lays out the opposite value system from that of the world. Here Jesus demands no more grasping for greatness. On this day, Jesus made it clear that God wants people to look for the least and the lost and love them.
I don’t suppose it was a bad thing for the disciples to want to be great in the Kingdom of God, but they needed to unlearn the world’s value system and learn God’s. Let’s live for our audience of One and long to be great in His eyes!
Father, if you classify me as great in your kingdom, that is all I ask for! Open my eyes to any hindrances to kingdom greatness in my life. In Jesus’ Name, amen.