[9.33] They came to Capernaum. When he was safe at home, he asked them, “What were you discussing on the road?”
Lord Jesus--There are sometimes that the gotcha comes after the fact. They had been discussing pecking order. You knew it. I wonder if they knew you knew.
[9.34] The silence was deafening—they had been arguing with one another over who among them was greatest.
I wonder what criteria they were using? Who had done the most miracles? Who had cast out the most demons? Who had heal the most sick? How did they parse it out? How many repented? Did they keep a count on how many notches they had on their gospel gun?
The criteria of evaluation is something that is important to you. Isn't Lord? It is not a standard that is comfortable. All of the activities are not the standard. In the church too long we looked to the wrong criteria At times we have thought that it about we we have done. There have been times when we think that the standards are about not doing behaviors and activities. There is always talk about lowering the standards...but really the standard could be any higher.
[9.35] He sat down and summoned the Twelve. “So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all.”
The standard that you set was servant-hood. Everything else is out of my control. I can choose to serve. You choose to bless as you see fit. Everything else is window dressing on a window that doesn't exist.
I guess this is where political agenda's of the christian right, middle and left need to come face to face with you. My political agenda needs to be yours...serving the needs of the oppressed, living out a generous orthodoxy that doesn't throw stones at anyone but serves with grace in the middle of need.
[9.36-37] He put a child in the middle of the room. Then, cradling the little one in his arms, he said, “Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me—God who sent me.”
Lord Jesus--So where does the child come it? Service and love with no thought of reciprocity? So much of the church is about giving with the implication of reciprocity...of receiving at some point in the future. Yet, servants serve because that is what they are called to do.
Lord Jesus--Today help me get this right...it is really so simple...to do justice, to love mercy, to walk humbly with you. That is the job description for today, give me the strength and grace for the task.
He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?