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Luke 9:43b-48, Here’s a Hint

Key Verse

Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.
— Luke 9:48

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, September 28, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Jesus’ disciples were bickering about who was the greatest among them. And why not? They were human, after all. Everyone harbors at least a little  secret desire to feel superior to other people. It’s hardwired into our genetic instinct for survival, and as a result, is deeply ingrained into every aspect of our society.

But Jesus has no time for human instinct or worldly culture. He came to turn everything we know on it’s head, to teach a new way—God’s way. So when he catches the disciples asking one another who’s the greatest he picks up a child and says, “Here’s a hint. It’s not you.”

I need to get my own ego out of the way so I can see what Jesus is saying clearly. My job is to build others up from under, not tear them down from some imagined “above.” The helpless and the powerless, the child and the oppressed—these are the greatest in God’s kingdom.

God, help me to be one among many, and to love and serve others from a place of humility. Amen.


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