33 After they arrived at Capernaum, Jesus and his disciples settled in the house where they would be staying. Jesus asked them, “What were you discussing out on the road?” 34 But they didn’t answer, because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. 35 He sat down and called the twelve disciples over to him. Then he said, “Anyone who wants to be the first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” 36 Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes my Father who sent me.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.
God’s great paradox is; we are called to a life of faith where elevation comes through being humbled, blessing comes through denying self, we receive and gain our lives by laying them down. This lesson for the disciples is relevant for us today. When Jesus chose His inner circle of disciples, He did not go to the religious leaders, who were very educated in the scriptures. Instead He went to the uneducated, the ignorant. More than likely the disciples did not even know how to read when Jesus chose them. Everything about the coming of the Savior was very humble. He never demanded to be treated as God or as the King He really was. During His ministry, He never had a home nor did He accumulate wealth. Instead Christ showed us a way to live according to the love God offers to us. We are to give up our “right” to have our way. Only by dying to self will we ever understand the love of God given to us through Christ Jesus. Only by denying ourselves will we ever receive the only thing that will matter on the Day when we stand before God. The next time you find yourself in a difficult situation, think about giving up your “right” to have your way. Choose to give it up and humble yourself. Seek to act as Jesus would by denying yourself and allowing the Holy Spirit to work through you.
Have a God Day!