"An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest." Luke 9:46
The disciples who followed Jesus watched Him feed 5,000 people, foretell His death, be transfigured on the mountain, and heal a boy with an unclean spirit. And after all of this they figured now would be a good time to decide once and for all who the alpha of the group was. Jesus' answer surprised them, "whoever is the least is the greatest." We can't be too hard on the disciples; we are just like them. It's part of being human.
If we're honest with ourselves, we'll admit that the conversation that the disciples had with each other is not too far off with the one we have with ourselves. We are called to love our neighbor; but we are competing with him instead. Seeking to be number one, according to Jesus, is the number one enemy of having good Christian fellowship. Seeking to serve, to love, to honor one another above ourselves now that is the stuff Christian communities are made of!
As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said in Life Together, "We know who it is that sows this thought in the Christian community. But perhaps we do not bear in mind enough that no Christian community ever comes together without this thought immediately emerging as a seed of discord." As we partner together to cultivate truth, goodness and beauty in our students, let us endeavor to begin at the beginning; loving and serving our neighbor as a fellow image bearer.
Posted on Sun, December 15, 2013
by Leslie Collins