Who is greatest

Mark 9:30-37

Who is the greatest? Who could even dream of having such a conversation while walking with Jesus? Imagine the topics for discussion among the twelve. “Which one prays the best?” “Who is the most spiritual?” “Who is it that should occupy the seat nearest Jesus while at the table?” Having experienced so much with Jesus, one might think they already knew the answer. None were worthy of the title “greatest of all.”

Still, isn’t that just like life in the world today? Our society practically begs us to think of ourselves above others. Look out for number one. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. It’s my way or the highway. Sound familiar? Worldly attitudes crave the spotlight. But this is not the life Jesus calls us to live.

Our Lord Jesus says, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Those living such a life seldom seek the spotlight. In fact, the opposite is true. Disciples of Jesus share their faith. They tend to the needs of others. And disciples strive to follow the example humility set by Christ himself. Only in humility and weakness can we claim greatness and strength through Christ the Lord.

Prayer: Lord, make me to be your servant, that I may shine the light of your love. Amen.

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