05
Apr
16

Who Is The Greatest?

Jesus tells His disciples that He is going to die.  So naturally, they start arguing about which of them is Jesus’ favorite.  I can just hear them saying, “That’s nice, Jesus, but hold on.  We’re having a discussion over here.”  They totally missed the importance of what Jesus said because they were more worried about their self-importance.  Then they say to Jesus that someone was driving out demons in Jesus’ name and they tried to stop him because he wasn’t one of the 12 disciples.  Again, they totally missed it!
How often do we do this in Christ’s church?  We’ll put our own desires/comforts/preferences above what truly matters.  Why?  Because we’re self-centered, self-seeking, selfish people!  We want what we want and we want it NOW!  What if I told you that if we were to do as Jesus said and make ourselves the least, then Christ will exalt us to be the greatest?  But that should not even be our goal.  Our goal should be to do whatever it takes to reach people who don’t know Jesus and to honor and exalt Christ in everything we do.
Jesus didn’t die so we could be “the greatest.”  Jesus didn’t die so we could have a burger joint faith (I want it MY way!).  Jesus came to seek and to save the lost and He did that by dying on the cross for our sins.  We should be willing to bend over backwards to do whatever it takes to reach those for whom Jesus died.  But too often we’ll throw religious temper tantrums until we get our way.  No one wins!  People get hurt.  Churches get hurt.  The lost don’t find their way to Jesus and they die in their sins.  I shudder to think of standing before God and hearing Him say, “What were you doing?  I gave you ONE job!  Make disciples!  What did you do?  You made it all about yourself!”  Perish the thought!  I want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25: 21, NIV)!  What do you want to hear when you stand at the judgment seat?  “I’m so glad you fought to get your way.”  “I’m so pleased that you spent your time and energy to make sure you were comfortable.”  “Thank you for honoring me by splitting that church.”  If you believe that you are a mature Christian, then you should be able to lay aside personal preferences and desires for the sake of those who don’t know Christ.  If not, then why did Jesus die?
PRAYER:  Father in Heaven, forgive me when I get in Your way.  Help me to remember that life is about knowing You and making You known to others.  Thank You for saving me and loving me.  Amen.

Luke 9:43-50 (NIV)

Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time

While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, 44 “Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.” 45 But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.

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.”

49 “Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”

50 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”

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