11
Sep
14

Who Is The Greatest?

In John’s account of the Last Supper, we read of Jesus’ humble act of washing His disciples’ feet:

 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. – John 13:3-5 (NIV)

This was the job of the lowest servant in the house.  This was a dirty, disgusting job.  It was a task that none of the other disciples were willing to do.  So the Creator of the universe had undertaken in order to His disciples an example of service and sacrifice.  Yet according to Luke’s Gospel, this act of humility was lost on them.
On the night before Jesus was crucified, His disciples began to argue with one another about which one of them was Jesus’ favorite.  Who was the most important?  Who was the greatest among them?  They just didn’t get it!  Following Jesus is not about being great!  It’s about serving others in love.  It is not an opportunity to satisfy an ego!  It is about humbly loving others and reflecting Christ to a lost world.  The disciples were so caught up in their dreams of power and glory that they missed Jesus’ humility and service.
We can do the same thing, you know.  When we think that our preferences and our desires are more important than anyone else’s, we are just like the disciples.  We are full of pride and self-centeredness and we forget that our lives are to be lived as servants of Jesus.  What did Jesus come to do?  To seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10).  When we lose that Jesus mission to selfish pride and arrogance, He cannot be pleased.  We have to deny ourselves and take up that cross every day, especially in the church.  What we do in our churches has to have one focus: making disciples.  That means that everything we do has to be about helping people follow Jesus.  Every dollar that is spent has to go toward that mission.  Every second that is spent serving Jesus has to go toward that mission.  Whether you are investigating the claims of Christianity or are a new follower of Jesus or have been walking with Him for decades, the goal and purpose of the church is to help you follow Him better each day until we get to our heavenly home.  And we should be willing to do just about everything in our power (short of watering down the Gospel and violating God’s Word) to help people follow Jesus.
Luke 22:24-30 (NIV)
24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29 And I confer on you a kingdom,just as my Father conferred one on me, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
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