Sunday, September 25, 2011

Luke 9:46-50 Actions speak more about us than our ambitions

An argument arose among the disciples
about which of them was the greatest.
Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child
and placed it by his side and said to them,
"Whoever receives this child in my name receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
For the one who is least among all of you
is the one who is the greatest."

Then John said in reply,
"Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name
and we tried to prevent him
because he does not follow in our company."
Jesus said to him,
"Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you."

In this passage we are reminded that following Jesus does not mean growing in pride. Being a follower of Jesus does not mean we are any better than others who also serve the Lord in their own way. This text also reminds us that our actions speak more about us than our ambitions. Although we naturally wish to sit at the right hand of our Lord, we are reminded that it is only in serving others and being meek will we every enter the Kingdom of Heaven. So let us not fight over which Christian group possess the truth for all of our serve Christ and in this service we are all brothers and sisters. 

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