At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”Matthew 18:1
One thing we’ve seen about Jesus is that He often defies the expectations of those around Him, and I have to think His answer to this question was not what His disciples were expecting. Maybe they’d been debating which of their names they would hear in response. Maybe they were expecting a description of human achievement and hard-earned success. Whatever they were expecting, what they got was a call to humility, to a childlike dependence on God. Humility–not hubris–is the mark of greatness because humility allows us to see ourselves, one another, and our God for who we really are. When we come to God in humility, we see our dependence on Him for our every need–physical and spiritual. We see one another as fellow recipients of God’s merciful provision. And we see God as a relentlessly loving Father who pursues us when we stray. With that in mind, I’m praying that you have a “great” day–one spent in humble dependence on the God who loves us all more deeply than we can even comprehend.