Luke 9:46–48 (ESV)
Who Is the Greatest?
An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. 47 But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side 48 and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives
me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”
Growing up as a child in the 60's and 70's, the phrase “Who is the Greatest” belonged to one person,
and his name was Muhammed Ali. He was a multi-champion boxer with a big mouth, a boxing tactic called rope-a-dope, and an iron hammer. He would wear out his opponent with his rope-a-dope and then when they were tired, he would open up on them with
his iron hammer. I will say he was a great fighter, but I was always pulling for the guy who could shut his mouth with his “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” slogan. I did not like hearing him saying “I am the Greatest.”
Even as a kid, I knew that title belonged to Jesus Christ.
We all want to be great at something. But Jesus teaches that we are to become less and put others before us. Even the disciples broke
out in an argument on who was the greatest. Chalk this up to human nature. We have to remember that the human nature is sinful, sinful from Adam and Eve... the fall brought us “original sin”. None of us can escape it. Jesus
readjusts their thinking by stating: "47 But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side 48 and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who
sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.” The Lutheran Study Bible states: “Children are of relatively little importance from a functional point of view; they do not know much and cannot do much.
On account of Jesus and in conformity with His teaching. When Christians love and value a person because Jesus loves and values that person, they are fulfilling what Jesus commands here." I think we all need to love each other as children and have faith
of a child. Well, second thought... my children love each other, but they sure can fight. I think they too want to be greater than the other.
I pray: O Lord, help me to receive those you
love and to share my love as you share yours. Help me to not seek greatness in myself, but seek greatness in you. Help me to glorify you, to trust in you, and to walk in accordance with your will. And when I fail, I pray for repentance and