33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
This is one of the most memorable “object lessons” Jesus gives. Instead of scolding the disciples about their constant competition or lecturing them on the difference between Kingdom values and the world’s values, He picks up a little kid whose been hanging around and says, “If you want to show love to me, show love to her.” To love the people at the bottom of the pecking order is to love to the One at the top, the Father himself.
I hear Jesus saying “keep it simple”. I am being called to pay special attention to all the ways in which I work to protect my position, my status and my sense of entitlement, and then to lay those things down through simple acts of service.
Morgan Murray, Pastor
Walnut Creek Presbyterian