April 1 – from Luke 9:28-50

Luke 9:46-48 “An agrument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.  Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him.  Then he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.  For he who is least among you all – he is the greatest.‘”

     As adults we are often interested in status.  In groups we size each other up trying to figure out who holds the most ‘sway’ in the crowd and of course that’s the person you want to get to know.  Oh, we don’t necessarily do this all the time or even most of the time; but if you’re like me – you do it some of the time.  Even Jesus’ disciples got a bad case of  ‘who’s the best!’ from time to time.

     Little children are more accepting.  A child doesn’t care who’s the most important person in the group – they seek out love.  When did we learn otherwise?  Loosing this innocence is one sadness of ‘growing up’.  A child is humble and approaches any relationship out of trust.  And a child has a tremendous capacity to love.

     Is that what Jesus is trying to teach us here?  That to approach others with the humility and trust of a child enables you to love in a powerful way.  Is this what he means by ‘whoever is the least among you all – he is the greatest’?

     The world and our experience tells us that ‘nice guys finish last’.  I know that humility and trust doesn’t seem to get you very far in this competitive world.   But I have to believe that we are not here to finish first – we are here to finish well.

     What do you think?