To show his disciples who really is the greatest in the kingdom of God, Jesus lifted a child in his arms. It was a dramatic gesture. The guest of honour is always placed beside the host. Jesus honoured that child, and said, “The last shall be first. The least shall be the greatest.”
Jesus himself is our model. He came not to be served, but to serve. He, whose place is at the right hand of God the Father, took on our lowly human nature that he might raise us up and clothe us in his divine nature.
To be filled with God's life and power, we need to empty ourselves of any pride and self-seeking glory. Are you ready to humble yourself and to serve as Jesus did?
Lord, give me strength in my weakness,
give me faith in my fear,
give me power in my powerlessness,
give me humility to conquer my pride.
So let me be your willing servant,
doing your work in and for the world,
for I will always trust in You.
33 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ 34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ 36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37 ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’