Scripture: Luke 9:48 (ESV)
The Greatness Flip
"Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives Him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great."
One day along the road Jesus' disciples were arguing among themselves who was "the greatest disciple". Jesus had no time or patience for comparisons. Pulling a nameless boy (Jesus knew his name) in front of them all, He made a profound point: "Receive him, you receive me." Now that's a game-changer for the disciples. The master just made a "random kid" as important as Himself, and more important than any of them. The truth Jesus was portraying is that greatness is not in acts of divine power, but divine love.
I must learn to receive those who God gifted to me in my life as if I were receiving Jesus Himself. I do not need to be "received" by anyone to feel important, because I have already been received by grace of my Father in Heaven. This is true greatness: to love the least.
"Lord Jesus, help me to not be self-absorbed and care about the wrong kind of greatness. Let me receive those who are least as a holy gift, so that I may truly receive the blessing of loving the 'least of these'. Amen."