I Am the Greatest
WE ARE GROWING AS A COMMUNITY!
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Gospel Mark 9:30-37
Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee,
but he did not wish anyone to know about it.
He was teaching his disciples and telling them,
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men
and they will kill him,
and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.”
But they did not understand the saying,
and they were afraid to question him.
They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,
he began to ask them,
“What were you arguing about on the way?”
But they remained silent.
They had been discussing among themselves on the way
who was the greatest.
Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
“If anyone wishes to be first,
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
Taking a child, he placed it in their midst,
and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but the One who sent me.”
I’m telling you, I totally get this gospel. We in our human nature have this pride factor. We have this ego that’s built into our personalities and our psyche. The culture tells us that to be happy and to be looked upon with great favor by others is to be in prestigious high ranking positions and that is powerful and prideful and that is where it’s at. Well, I’m going to tell you, I’ve been there. I’ve been in those executive boardrooms. I’ve thought that I was ‘all that and a bag of chips’ and I’m not.
The more I build a relationship with God, the more I realize I don’t have a clue. I need to be a child. Every day I need to ask Him to grab my teeny tiny little hand and help me live this life the way that He wants me to live it because quite frankly, I’m pretty clueless. And in addition, my pride and my ego have been put in their place.
This ministry that I’m doing is humbling, to say the least. But all I know is if I keep grabbing God’s hand like a little child and asking for Him to lead me without making this about me but about God and sharing his love and his forgiveness with everyone, He’s going to lead me pretty well. So far, so good. My prayer life has changed dramatically over the five years when I found my faith. I now love silence and resting in him and hearing what he wants me to do. And it’s not every day that I wake up fully ready for prayer. There are days when I am really not ‘in it to win it.’
And I will admit, those are the days that I struggle the most because I don’t have Him the center of my life.
Jesus says to the disciples, “If you want to be the greatest, you’re going to be the least.”
Jesus didn’t come down here to boast, if you haven’t noticed over the past few Gospels. He keeps telling people, “Don’t tell anybody, don’t share what I’m doing. Keep it on the down low!” Because that’s not what he’s here for—he’s not here to brag—“Hey, I’m God, watch me do all these things!”
He really is here to serve. He is here to serve those unfortunate, to reach out to the gentiles and show them love and to heal us, we are the gentiles.
So this week put your pride aside, put your ego aside. Whatever it is that you’re struggling with, because everyone’s struggling with something, go to God like a child and ask for help. I don’t know why we wouldn’t all go to the being who created us exactly the way we are, who knows exactly what we’re put on this earth for. Yet we don’t listen. We ignore all the signs of God in our life all day long.
That’s probably one of the most incredible things that has changed for me is seeing the Holy Spirit in action throughout the day. Really listening, really feeling where God is an action all day long. He’s there—always!
So this week ask Him like a child to lead the way, be the follower, be the least of the others that are trying to be the greatest and see what he does for you.
Really try it. I’m not kidding, and I want to hear about it and where and how you see God in action. Give him your struggles. Ask Him for guidance and let Him do the rest.
Okay, that’s it. It’s a short one. I’ll see you next week. Have a blessed and inspired day. Take care.