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.”
The greatest is the servant among you, the greatest is the one who welcomes little children. Going through verse 37, I wondered what Jesus meant by welcoming children. It is easy for someone to consider himself/herself higher than a little child forgeting the fact that these “little” children are indeed not little in the spirit.
Treating a little child with respect, rendering selfless service to people probably not your class or match shows your greatness.
During my years of service as a pastor, i have observed how people with “position” oppress those they should be serving. It is our duty to witness Christ in sincere love and humility, not in hatred, unforgiveness, envy or strife, for the root of withcraft is unforgiveness and once the fruit of withcraft is born, there is need for deliverance.
Do you want to be called great in the kingdom? This is Jesus’s answer to you: “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
By Joshua Sopuru