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Who is The Greatest?

January 28th, 2018

Who is The Greatest?

Luke 22:24-27 (KJB) And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. 25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. 26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. 27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.

The disciples began to discuss who among them was the greatest in Jesus’s “inner circle.”  In their mind, perhaps the kingdom of God was arranged like an earthly kingdom in this world with leaders, servants, and different levels of achievement.

Knowing this situation arose within the near circle of Jesus’s chosen followers proves that every professing Christian is susceptible to the pull of his or her flesh.  These questioning men were hand-picked disciples of Jesus, who heard and enjoyed daily teaching and sermons straight from Jesus, yet still, their flesh attempted to run interference with Jesus Christ concerning their spiritual heart and stature.

Secondly, these men still had much to learn about serving Jesus and others.  A daily sermon and fellowship with Jesus had certainly matured these young chosen men of Jesus, however, they were not perfect.  They still had spiritual skirmishes and a worldly mindset to battle with an occasional heightened sense of power and pride.

Sometimes Jesus Christ must gently remind us or perhaps even knock each of us down a peg or two if we allow our pride and position to become lofty or inflated beyond that which brings Him honor and glory.  Spiritual interference and a deep-seated prideful mindset always originates in in this world.

Jesus taught His disciples that the servant is never greater than the one he or she serves.  The true mark of spiritual greatness in God’s holy estimation is in the serving rather than being served.

 

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