Who is the Greatest ?
Returning to Child-like Faith
B E N J A M I N J U S T E R
I ’ m competitive . I like to win . Even when playing sports games like “ Horse ” or family games like “ Rumikub ” or “ Uno ”, it never occurs to me to let someone else win because they happen to be younger or lessexperienced . And , yes , even my own kids . If they are going to win , they have to earn it . In school , I wanted to be the best . Learning was good , but the pursuit of getting the highest score was a driving motivator . But this competitive personality trait can be a slippery path toward unhealthy attitudes and behaviors .
There is a fascinating story in the book of Matthew where Yeshua addresses those who seek to be the greatest .
When the disciples asked Yeshua who was the greatest in the Kingdom , this was how it played out :
At that hour the disciples came to Yeshua , saying , “ Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven ?” And He called a child to Himself , set him in the midst of them , and said , “ Amen , I tell you , unless you turn and become like children , you shall never enter the kingdom of heaven . Whoever then shall humble himself like this child , this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven . ( Matt . 18:1-4 , TLV )
For those who can relate to the disciples ’ quest to be the greatest in the Kingdom ,
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