An argument arose among them as to which one of them was the greatest. But Jesus, aware of their inner thoughts, took a little child and put it by his side, and said to them, “Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.” (Luke 9:46-48, NRSV)
Who is the greatest?
Don’t we all really want to be?
When you strip everything else away our human desire is to be number 1. But is that what God wants from us?
Jesus knew what they were thinking and arguing about, so He took a child and said welcome this child. Now just that child?
No. Every child. And was it just children? Or was it what children represent in Jesus’ day? Those who are not to be seen or heard? Those who do not belong in the company of the powerful?
Jesus is saying, to be great with God you need to welcome those everyone else doesn’t want to be around.
So go and welcome the outcast, and then you will be great with God.