Meal #202 – Who is the Greatest?

June 24, 2007 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

Who is the greatest, and what is the true path to greatness? Jesus answered this question very clearly.

Matthew 18:1-5

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them,
3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.”

The true path to greatness is the path of humility. He that exalts himself shall be abased. Conversely, as James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.”

Seems kind of counter-intuitive doesn’t it? Yet, it actually makes sense. I realized that my own strength is very limited compared to God’s strength. Without Him, I am completely vulnerable and weak. But by relying on His power, I become strengthened and am able to do the things that I do. So, by giving up my pride and being humble, I allow God’s strength to flow through me and work through me. Thus, I become great because of God’s strength, not my own strength.

Note, the Bible does not say that you must be a little child to go to heaven. You must become as a little child, meaning having the personality like that of a little child. Little children are expected to demonstrate humility towards their parents, teachers, and other figures of authority. In a similar fashion, we should be just as humble in all aspects of our lives, and especially humble in our attitudes towards God. By being humble, we confess we are sinners and ask Jesus for forgiveness of sins. By being humble enough to choose to believe and trust in Jesus Christ, we can enter the kingdom of heaven.

The path to greatness is the path of being a humble servant. Doing a lowly job may seem humiliating or shameful in the eyes of man, but in God’s eyes, such a person with humility is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

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