Informational Teaching Words of Life

Who is the Greatest?

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Jesus’ disciples came to know Him as teacher, friend, healer, Messiah, and Savior. They followed Him throughout His earthly ministry, and personally experienced His love, wisdom, gentleness, righteousness, miracle wonders, and power. They longed to please and obey Him. Yet each disciple had an individual personality, and each was at a different level in their faith, understanding, and knowledge. When the disciples spiritually grew, their self-identity became less egotistical, as their hearts and minds immersed more and more into Christ identity. A growing Spiritual connection with the Savior creates less narcissistic and self-absorbed followers, and gifts us with the power and freedom to walk and serve Christ, as our hearts unite with Him, in Spirit and Truth.

Yet, in spite of the disciples’ personal faith and spirituality, there was a battle going on in their ego. The fight taking place in their hearts and minds was the pull to self-elevate themselves, and admire their self-importance. In Mark 10, the sons of Zebedee requested to sit on Jesus right and left hand in the Kingdom. In Matthew 18 the disciples questioned Jesus, as to who would be the greatest in the Kingdom realm. Ego is always concerned with comparing and being the greatest! In both situations Jesus’ reply was similar- “Jesus called a toddler to his side and said to them, Learn this well: Unless you dramatically change your way of thinking and become teachable, and learn about heaven’s kingdom realm with the wide-eyed wonder of a child, you will never be able to enter in. Whoever continually humbles himself to become like this gentle child is the greatest one in heaven’s kingdom realm. The greatest among you will be the one who always serves others from the heart. Remember this: if you have a lofty opinion of yourself and seek to be honored, you will be humbled. But if you have a modest opinion of yourself and choose to humble yourself, you will be honored”.

“At that time the disciples came up and asked Jesus, Who then is [really] the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And He called a little child to Himself and put him in the midst of them, and said, truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turnabout) and become like little children [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all]. Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven”. (Matthew 18:1-4).

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