Ever since Cain and Abel there has been a struggle over greatness and who is the greatest. Cassius Clay alias Mohammed Ali considered himself the greatest, and now is the shell of what he was. If that. I don’t say this to mock or ridicule a well know personality and sports figure from the past but to make a point.
The point being all who have ever though themselves to be great, greater, or the greatest soon find themselves humbled even to death.
“Who is the greatest?” is a question asked the King by His disciples;
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Matthew 18:1 (KJV)
The question of taxes had been asked previously by the temple tax people, and Jesus answered it by sending Peter to retrieve a fish with a coin in its mouth from waters. It was enough for the disciple and for Jesus’s taxes. Now the question is “Who then is greatest”, and by considering the matter of “Strangers” and “sons” listed previously we can see that the children are to live so as not to offend needlessly.
The message of Jesus Christ; His death, burial and resurrection – the cross in particular will offend many. We need to be humble in Christ Jesus, respect others, and treat them, and their beliefs with respect while proclaiming the cross of Christ as the only means of salvation by the grace of God.
We should not be so concerned about greatness as we are about living for the One who is truly the Greatest. He is the One who created all that is; seen and unseen. He is the One who gave His life to pay our sin debt, was buried; carrying the guilt, burden, and death of sin far, far away; then rose from death, and is alive forever more; coming again in all His glory. H
He is the King of kings, and Lord of lords. His name is Jesus. No one is greater than Jesus “…the fulness of the godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9).
When you get too full of yourself, remember Jesus. Empty yourself of you and ask Jesus Christ to come in.
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the LORD and He will lift you up” (James 4:10).
Look only to the One who is greatest.
-Tim A. Blankenship