Thursday May 25, 2017
by Joan Webb
Matthew 18:1-4: "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" (v.1).
"Who is the greatest in God's world?" the disciples asked Jesus. This question suggests that the disciples were concerned with status, performance, and success. Did they want to become great in God's eyes? Or in the eyes of others -- or in their own eyes -- or perhaps all three?
All of us long to be significant; to make a difference; to be considered "great." Like the disciples, we may ask, "Just what does it mean to be really great in God's eyes?
Jesus did not ignore the probing question, nor did he reprimand the men for asking. He answered directly using a visual aid. "See this little child," he said, "unless you exhibit the qualities of a trusting, teachable child you will never be great." Genuine greatness is not achieved by rushing; or by pushing past others on our way to the top. We make lasting life contributions when we admit our need for God, acknowledge our interdependence on other human beings, and remain committed to continued growth.
Lord, you are the great one.
I am your child.
I come to you completely willing
to have you teach and guide me.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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