Everyone was overwhelmed by God’s greatness. While everyone was marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, “Take these words to heart: the Human One is about to be delivered into human hands.” They didn’t understand this statement. Its meaning was hidden from them so they couldn’t grasp it. And they were afraid to ask him about it. An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest. Aware of their deepest thoughts, Jesus took a little child and had the child stand beside him. Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me. Whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever is least among you all is the greatest.” (Luke 9:43b-48, CEB)
When you seek out power you are showing you are not the greatest.
Whoever welcomes a child… How many congregations actually welcome children? Children, who act like children? We need to not worry about how great we are and start focusing on what Jesus told us to do. Love God and love our neighbor as ourselves and accept everyone as they are and welcome them. For when we do this we not only welcome the stranger, we welcome Jesus and we welcome God.
Loving People. Loving God.