Try to Be Last


33 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

Mark 9:33-37

We are a nation obsessed with celebrity. So many young people who believe they will be the next Lebron James or the next Tom Brady. Millions of people whose idea of success is to live like Kanye and Kim. Untold numbers of young girls strumming their guitars in their bedrooms in anticipation of the day they will make it big like Taylor Swift. Greatness is money and power and above all else – celebrity. Throngs of individuals who are going to get famous and rich being the next ones to go viral on YouTube. Waves of “reality” shows (actually scripted to the last drop) in which the “stars” demonstrate the most boorish kind of human behavior.

This is contrary to everything Jesus taught His disciples. To be great in the eyes of Jesus is to be humble and to demonstrate His love to children and others who cannot help themselves. Live your life with honor, decency, self-control and compassion. This is the road to greatness.

June 17th, 2015 by

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