Unlimited: The First and the Last

May 18, 2024 2245

Unlimited The First and the Last

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them,“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me” (Mark 9:35–37, NIV).

Jesus confronted his disciples with the reality that the source of their spiritual weakness was their pride and struggle for supremacy. They believed that they were better than others.

This pride in their status had been engrained in them by their society and their religion. That was just how they saw the world. They were Jews, which made them a special people. They were men, which made them better than women. And they were, after all, the chosen Twelve!

Within their culture, apart from people who were diseased or disabled, children had the lowest status at all. You never recognised or welcomed children. Instead, you welcomed their parents, and again, it depended on how worthy the parents themselves were!

But Jesus said that for his followers, things are different. In fact, to welcome a little child is to welcome God himself. In other words, not one of us is greater than the one we consider the least.

We will never treat God better than we treat those whom we consider to be the least among us.

In our lives we all tend to rank people, even unconsciously, according to who we consider to be worthy and unworthy: people who deserve our kindness, and those who don’t.

– Eliezer Gonzalez

Eli’s Reflection: Think about who the people are at the bottom of your list. Strangely enough, they can often be some of the people closest to you.  Pray that God will change your heart toward them. How can you show them love? Begin to pray for them.

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May 21, 2024

Father God, You sent Your Son, Jesus, a living sacrifice for me. It's been a tough road, but You have never left me. Please help me to forgive those who have harmed me, rejected me to cover their own tracks and to turn every bit of my heart and attitude and thinking around so I can love them as You do me. Thankyou for being with me in recent months and especially recent weeks leading to today as we move towards resolution. My Lord and My God. Amen Amen.


Jan 21, 2021

Amen , Amen

Tony Berrigan

Jan 21, 2021

Wow. That is so good. Maybe our focus should be just God and God in people.

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