It is hard for men to comprehend that the greatest among us is not the greatest in God’s eyes. It is not the guy who is famous for standing and preaching before a great crowd. Or those who wear flowing robes of religious grandeur looking high and mighty in the eyes of all who see them. It is not the great and popular teachers or scholars of our time or those who stand on stage entertaining the masses with their great singing talents. It especially isn’t those who look fancy and glamorous to the eye, who stand in the top positions in the churches.
Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-28
But it is the most humble and lowest of mankind that are willing to do whatever it takes to serve the Lord and others for the growth of His Kingdom. For the instruction of His servants and the saving of many lost children. The sheep of His fold.
And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. John 10:16
The one who is willing to sit, listen, help, and heal the hurting and abused. To hug, feed, and cry with the abandoned, lonely, or homeless. Who loves and cares for the least-liked in society. Not caring what they have to sacrifice to bring them the love and truth of Jesus Christ. To show all the way of salvation and healing that is available to them through the blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Those with child-like faith. Those who believe every word from the Lord to be true. Even though he or she can not see or understand it, they believe it to be true. Those who desire to sacrifice their lives and time to seek the Lord truly with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Seeking to be filled with His Holy Spirit so that they may have supernatural power to accomplish His will. To fulfill the mission He has prepared for them since before the beginning of time.
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and went away. Matthew 19:14-15
The greatest in the kingdom of God is the one who is devoted to being the servant to all and is willing to take whatever abuse or hardships necessary to accomplish God’s will in their life. This person is great, honored, and highly favored in God’s sight. The angels marvel and speak of their great works of goodness, kindness, and true sacrifice for the sake of Jesus Christ. Oh, how great their reward in Heaven will be! How great their names will be in eternity!
One day, all the hosts of heaven will declare that they are one of the greatest in the kingdom of heaven and great will be their reward. Will you be willing to lay it all down for Jesus and to sacrifice for others? To serve instead of being served. To be humble and lowly in this world. To serve others and to be like a foolish little child is in the eyes of men because of your devotion to Jesus. So that you may be called the greatest by God Himself.
An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by His side and said to them,
“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.” Luke 9:46-48