Less Fret, More Faith
Who is the Greatest – Part 1
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.
If there were any doubts, this passage of scripture confirms the humanity of all the disciples. They, like all of us, found themselves comparing themselves with each other. If you think it sounds immature for grown men to be asking who is the greatest, you’re right! When Jesus asked them what they were arguing about, they kept quiet. They knew, as soon as Jesus asked the question, Jesus would not be pleased with this type of question.
It’s hard to be too critical of the disciples—we’ve all been caught in a similar situation. Every married couple knows what it is to look back on an argument and be embarrassed at its “silliness” in hindsight! We have all caught ourselves thinking too much about our own status in a group that we belong to! We may not have come right out and said: “Who is the greatest?” but we have considered each person’s value and position in the group!
The moment we allow our minds and/or our conversations to head in the direction of “value comparisons,” stress levels go up! Jesus sensed the argument; there was tension among His disciples; they were getting “stressed out” at each other. Jesus showed them the less stressful way to operate in this life: Volunteer to be the least! Don’t do the comparison thing, just do the servant thing! Stop looking for people who will promote you and look for those you can promote!
Father, when my thoughts start to turn worldly, please check my spirit to help me to think your thoughts and walk like Jesus would. In Jesus’ Name, amen.