Who is the Greatest Anyway?

I was at a banquet where I was being honored and receiving an award… even got to sit at the head table! 

During the meal a wonderful African-American man served our table diligently, cheerfully, and graciously. 

So who was the greatest?  Luke 22:24-27, a passage I read this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” came to mind as I thought of that occasion…

“A dispute also arose among the disciples as to which of them was considered to be greatest.  Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.  But you are not to be like that! Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.  For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves!”

Who was my Lord and Savior most like?  The guy sitting at the head table about to receive an award?  Or the one serving with diligence, cheerfulness and grace?  HIS WORDS PIERCED MY HEART TODAY “I AM AMONG YOU AS ONE WHO SERVES!”  Oh, I want to be done with the petty discussions of “who is considered the greatest” among us!  Instead I aspire to be like Jesus… “I am among you as one who serves.”

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