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10/13/2014

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Mt. Rushmore


"At that time, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?'" (Matt.18:1)

Can you name the presidents on Mt. Rushmore? I have heard people ask someone to make a list of the greatest people in a certain field, and couch it in these terms: "Who would be on your Mt. Rushmore of greatest comediennes? actors? baseball players? authors? People, like the disciples in today's verse, are at times obsessed with greatness. Who will exercise power? Who will issue the commands? Who will be the MVP? The disciples had heard the great confession of Peter (Matt.16:16) and seen Jesus transfigured, (17:1-8) but their preconceived ideas about greatness still needed work. They clung to the notion that greatness in the kingdom of heaven was no different than greatness in other human spheres... They figured that Jesus would reign over a kingdom like King David's, and they wanted to be in on the ground floor. Jesus then exploded these greatness ideas by telling them and us this; "Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven" ( Vs 3-4). The disciples equated greatness with power; Jesus evaluated greatness with humble submission to God... To get on the Mt. Rushmore of greatness, its not about status or pedigree. With the humility of a child, we are to serve indiscriminately... Like children, we are to become unpretentious, trusting, and innocent... To be successful Christians, this is what Jesus is looking for in us....

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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