Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

Verse of the Day

At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

Matthew 18:1

Food for ThoughtTyler_Hamilton

Tyler Hamilton won a gold medal in the time trial at the 2004 Olympics, his teammate admired him as honest and hardworking athlete. But in the days that followed, a new test implicated Hamilton for blood doping. His supporters began hawking “I Believe Tyler” T-shirts, and he took donations from fans to fund his defense. One of his colleague and friend asked him straight if he was guilty. He told her that he didn’t do it. After being subpoenaed by federal investigators, Hamilton finally confessed and returned his medal.

There is a race in this world to be greatest, richest, wealthiest, best, top of the line etc. In this race very often we lose ethics, fair play, honesty and integrity. Disciples came to Jesus and enquired about the greatest in kingdom of heaven. The disciples must have been expecting a list of qualities, treats or qualifications, but Jesus must have surprised them with his answer “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven”. Concept of greatness is altogether different in Christianity, it requires a person to forgo his ego and be humble, gentle, fair and honest.

But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.   Matthew 23:11-12


Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, we thank you for all your blessings, You sent Your only Son Jesus Christ, not in a palace but in a manger, to show allegiance with poor, downtrodden and weak. Lord bless us with spirit of humbleness and fill us with love for humanity, so that we can serve your people. Bless this world with your peace and love. For Jesus sake, accept our prayers. Amen

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