Mark 9:33-37 (NASB95)
They came to Capernaum; and when He was in the house, He began to question them, “What were you discussing on the way?”
34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest.
35 Sitting down, He called the twelve and said* to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”
36 Taking a child, He set him before them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them,
37 “Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me.”
After He uncovers the disciple’s discussion on who is the greatest amongst them, we see Jesus place a child in the middle of the discussion and tell the men that whoever accepts that little one, is the one that accepts Jesus, Whoever wants to be first must choose to care for those who can not give back. He does not say it is wrong to be great, but that it is wrong to desire to be greater than another. He called the disciples and you and I to seek to love others who do not have the ability to stand up and shout, “look what this person has done for me!” That is so often the case when we do something for someone else. Where is the praise after we do it? Jesus is telling them to serve in the Name of God rather than in their own name.
We don’t have that problem do we? We never want to have the recognition for something we do. J
I am so thankful that God chose to love a “child” like me. How about you? Who will you and I serve/love today? Remember, we serve the KING!
A child of the King,