At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. (Matthew 18:1-6, NRSV)
I’ve learned that you never ask a question you don’t want the honest answer to. And usually the answer to a question like the one the disciples asked is not going to go they way they hope.
I mean they asked that question to hear, “You will be.” That is what we all want to hear.
But we are not the greatest. Jesus told us, whoever wants to be first must be last. So we have to serve all and be humble about it. We can’t be last in order to be first.
We can not cause anyone of the followers or those who might follow to stumble. We must open ourselves to Jesus and be humble and follow where He leads. Allowing His light and grace and mercy to shine through us.
So don’t think you’re the greatest, but be humble and follow where He leads.