Scripture reading for March 14: Luke 9, Psalm 53, Proverbs 22
Key Scriptures: Luke 9:46-48 “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.”
Pride manifested itself among the chosen disciples of Jesus. They argued with one another about which of them was the greatest disciple! Now it’s a noble thing to want to be the best follower of Jesus, but we can make an idol of our service to Christ and miss what Jesus desires for us. Jesus used a child as an example. Our treatment of children and the least among us requires humility and taking a lower position. True greatness, says Jesus, comes from this.
Faith confession: Lord, I want to attain true greatness by humbly receiving children and those looked down on by our culture. I believe You love children and the marginalized of our world and want me to love them. Action step: Reach out today to a child or someone hurting and show the love of Jesus to them.
Proverbs 22:4 “The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.”
Scripture reading for February 21st: Mark 10, Psalms 38, Proverbs 7
Key Scriptures: Mark 10:42-45 “And Jesus called them to Him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But 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 slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
James and John had approached Jesus with a request. They asked if they could be seated on His right and left when Jesus came into His glory. This caused the other disciples to become upset as well. Jesus called them all together and explained what true greatness was in God’s eyes: serving others. In fact, Jesus demonstrated His servant-leadership by giving His life for all mankind’s salvation.
Faith’s confession: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your teaching and example of servant-leadership. I believe true greatness comes by serving others. Give me opportunities to serve others today.
Psalm 38:15 “But for You, O Lord, do I wait; it is You, O Lord my God, who will answer.”
Scripture reading for March 15th: Luke 9
Key scriptures for over-comers: Luke 9:46-48 “An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside Him. Then He said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in My name welcomes Me; and whoever welcomes Me welcomes the One who sent Me. For he who is least among you all–he is the greatest.””
The image of God in us gives us a desire for being known and achieving greatness. We know that we have potential and are called to rule. This desire can be something that leads us to competition and jealousy. When worked out through the world’s ways it can be very destructive. But when led by the Spirit, godly people can achieve true greatness through humble service!
Jesus showed His disciples that the way to true greatness was found in kind treatment of children. The child that Jesus used represented the weak, vulnerable, and impressionable of society. His disciples were to welcome them and treat them with kindness and compassion. As they humbly served the least, they would achieve true ‘greatness’ in the eyes of God.
Observations for over-comers: Beware of jealousy and competing for power or position, even in the church culture. Humbly serve the least and God will exalt you! “Should you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not. For I will bring disaster on all people,” declares the Lord, “but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.” (Jeremiah 45:5)