Who Will Be the Greatest?


“An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. 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 he who is least among you all – he is the greatest.” Luke 9:46-48 (NIV)

Many are wondering, who will be the greatest in the Super Bowl this weekend? Will it be Denver or will it be Seattle? In many competitions, we wonder, who will be the greatest? And sometimes we think our team or our kids could be the greatest “if only”…. Sometimes we get so focused on the greatest, we forget about all the other aspects and lessons provided through competition. However, Jesus tells us how he chooses the greatest, and that is whoever is the least, that is the greatest. It isn’t the one with the most swagger or the showiest uniforms. In fact, it is quite the opposite.

God chooses children and young adults in so many instances in the Bible and in our lives today. Think of how many times their innocent expressions or actions humble us and teach us a lesson. We learn that the true “Super Heros” in our life are our kids, the least among us. So when the game is over and a winner has been declared, remember that the greatest are our children, living in God’s glory and growing up to lead the world in the future. Thanks to all our “Super Hero” kids! Can’t wait to see you this Sunday and I hope you bring a Super Hero friend as well. You can never have too many Super Heros.

Dear God, we give thanks for our children. Through them, we learn so many things. Hopefully, we can teach them, with your help, a little more than they teach us daily. We give thanks for their enthusiastic expressions, the wonder they see in life, and the joy they spread to all. May innocence and love shine bright in their souls so that we all might choose to show love and compassion a little more freely. Thanks for reminding us that the least is truly the greatest.

Wendy Saathoff

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