46 Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. (Luke 9:46)
You’ve never watched a tantrum thrown like my Mr. Pax. My son always keeps me humble. My adorable Mr Pax who causes his mama to bury her head in the sand. I’m always striving to be a good mom. I want to be a good student. A good worker. I want to be renowned at my job, in my home, and in my relationship with God.
But through all this I am reminded that this earthly quest for recognition is futile. Every person has an innate desire in their heart to be the greatest at something. Yet our desire can lead us down a unending road of dissatisfaction. Sometimes our desires to be successful or GREAT leads us to a false notion of what success actually looks like. Our culture tells us success can be found in our bank account, at our jobs, through our following on Facebook or instagram, our well-behaved kids, or our general “likeableness.” Yet, these ideas of success are far different than what God tells us success actually looks like. Success to God is not serving the God of three parts- Me, Myself, and I.
When the disciples were arguing about who was the “greatest” among them (Luke 9:46-48) Jesus answered them, “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 it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” (Luke 9:48) In the Jewish culture, children were nobodies. They were looked down upon for they did not have status or authority, yet three times in the Bible when the disciples were arguing about being the greatest, God responded by saying, “be like children.” Be humble, be of low-status, don’t make success your ultimate goal. (He wasn’t referring to the tantrum I talked about earlier)
Instead of letting greatness be our main goal, let us look to a God that is greater. Let us serve in lowly places, and lavish love on others. We are constantly on a journey to look, be, do, or see something great. What if we are missing the greatness in the everyday journey? The greatness in living for the right now. The joy in giving our kids a childhood they fondly remember. What if great is the small moments? The day in day out surrender of our control. Serving the needy, loving the unlovable, walking in the hard spaces with those around us. The small moments of victory, now that’s GREATNESS.