What does greatness look like? Is it the most amount of money or the most important business or fame or fortune or political clout?
What does Kingdom greatness look like? Does it look like the biggest church in the city? Is it the best offering or most people on the mission trip? Is it preaching to a big crowd?
What does greatness look like?
The disciples were arguing about it. They were laying claim to their pecking order and they each wanted the spot at the top. Maybe someone had mentioned being on the mountain when Moses and Elijah showed up. Maybe one of them had seen more healings or been the one to find the little boy with the five loaves and two fish. Maybe they boasted about being one of the first disciples chosen. Maybe they thought walking next to Him in the streets was setting them up to sit next to Him in His Kingdom.
“An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. 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.’ ‘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.’ ‘Do not stop him,’ Jesus said, ‘for whoever is not against you is for you.’” Luke 9:46-50
They were arguing and Jesus heard them.
He took a little child and held him close to His side. He looked at them with all of the love in His heart but with all of the challenge they could hear and said, “For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”
Often, we have many reasons for thinking we are better or greater than someone else. But greatness does not come from being great. Greatness comes from being the least and allowing Jesus to be the most in our lives.