Who is the Greatest Among Us?

Friday, April 08, 2011 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Luke 9:46 An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. 47 Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. 48 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.”

It seems that pride and arrogance are a problem in every generation, past and present! Jesus disciples actually argued about who would be the greatest!

Can you imagine that argument? Andrew said, "Hey, Jesus chose me first!" John proclaimed, "Yeah, and I was with him AND John the Baptist in the beginning of this whole thing!" Philip announced, "I can speak Greek!" Nathaniel grunted, "Well, I am a 'True Israelite.'" Peter chimed in, "Wait a minute! Jesus used MY boat to preach from and I had the revelation that Jesus is the Christ, while ya'll stood around wondering!"

Then and now, believers and preachers too often consider themselves greater, or better, than others because of what one possesses or has accomplished. We may not use the words, but our thoughts sometimes betray us.

Jesus' counsel still stands: The greatest are those who welcome others, see themselves as the least, and becomes a servant to all others.

In a nutshell, the greatest is Jesus and we would do well to follow His example!