An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”
This week we are taking a small break from our sermon series to give back to our church family. To explain why we are doing this, I want to tell a quick story.
A long time ago, Jesus was hanging out with his disciples, and they started comparing accomplishments.
They compared sports trophies, and Instagram likes and how popular they were back home. They argued over who was better at math and made snarky remarks about who wasn’t going to make it in college. They were putting each other each down to bring themselves up.
Only, it didn’t bring them up. It didn’t make the disciples look better in Jesus’s eyes. He knew what was going on. The disciples may be fooling themselves, but they couldn’t fool Jesus.
Then, Jesus showed the disciples a child. The child didn’t have any sports trophies or Instagram followers or worries about being popular. This kid was honest and authentic. Simple and pure. This little boy didn’t put anyone down because he couldn’t. He didn’t brag about his accomplishment because he had none. He was the most powerless person in society, and he is the example Jesus gave the disciples, and he still gives us.
Jesus tells us we need to be more like this little boy. We need to welcome the powerless and smallest in our community. Because, in God’s Kingdom, the least are the greatest and the greatest are the least.
- Have you been in a situation where people were comparing their “greatness?” How did it make you feel?
- What did you think Jesus wanted you personally to learn from the children tonight?
- What can you do this week to better welcome OR better become “the least of these?”