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Tuesday, April 1

Posted: Wednesday, March 26

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Deuteronomy 18:1-20:20
Luke 9:28-50
Psalm 73:1-28
Proverbs 12:10

 

Verse of the day:

Then his disciples began arguing about which of them was the greatest. (Luke 9:46)

 

The way Jesus measures greatness is diametrically different than the way we measure greatness. Here the disciples were arguing about who was greater or better.  Though the bible doesn’t tell us how the argument started, the inception of these kinds of arguments always originates from the pressures of our own cultures.  

In Jesus’ day, the culture of greatness permeated the land.  Between the Roman empire and the leaders of the law, you had an non-ending competition of who was great, better, or first.  Our culture today is no better.  We are constantly bombarded with images of better or greater.  So Jesus intervene with a lesson that still resonates today.  So he picks up a child who has no influence, strength, and money, and says: 

48 Then he said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf* welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me also welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest.” Luke 9:48 (NLT)

Humility is the greatest barometer of greatness.  It’s making the least more important than the greatest, and using what others considers great in you to make the least and marginalized, better.  Love and serve the powerless and use your influence to uplift the forgotten and marginalize, those that cannot give us anything in return. This week, be great!

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Pastor Juan Garay // International Ministries Pastor

 
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