December 13, 2017 
 

Good Morning Trinity,

I hope you’re having a great week and that you’re not getting tired of meeting like this. I think the Lord has greatly blessed us here at Trinity. It’s exciting to witness what He will do next in the life of this church. Are you part of the team or are you watching from the sidelines?

Luke 9: 46 – 48

How old were you when you heard for the first time “what are you going to be when you grow up?” Coming from a small town in Western New York that was mainly agricultural many of the boys would have said that their ambition was to be a farmer. Some would say that they wanted to be a policeman or a fireman. Me, I wanted in the worst way to be a baseball player. I could say that I would have given my right arm to be a major league ball player but then it would have been kind of difficult to play in that condition, but you get the idea.

 

Girls were no different in their level of ambitions. They may have aspired to different careers such as teaching or the medical field but they were asked just like the boys about their future and what their plans were to reach their goals.

 

We are taught at a very young age that we need to be the best we can be at whatever we’ve decided to do in our lives. In fact the Army used to have a recruiting commercial that said “Be all you can be in today’s Army.” It was a catchy slogan but it was effective because we have all been told that we need to be all we can be from an early age. The Army would be a good example in our understanding of how we become the best we could be. You start at the bottom and work your way up. It’ll take hard work, determination, and maybe a little luck but in the end it will all pay off.

 

Don’t think for a moment that I’m against anyone working hard to become the best at what they’ve chosen to be in life. But do you think that when you’re programmed to be the best at what you do, that you will understand when Jesus says “For he who is least among you all will be great.” The disciples were no different than we are. They were all human and I’m sure that in their lives they were told to be the best you can be at whatever you do. Why do you think they argued amongst themselves about who was going to be considered the greatest in the eyes of Jesus? Because they were like you, they were human.

 

Jesus knowing the hearts and thoughts of the disciples took a child and sat the child next to Himself and said “Whoever receives this little child in My name receives me.” Children at that time were considered unimportant and for a man to be concerned with them was to make himself the same. Can you imagine for a moment what kind of reaction the disciples had to Jesus’ statement. You don’t want me to work and become the greatest in Your eyes, instead You want me to work and become the least in Your eyes?

 

It’s a radical thought, but then again Jesus was a radical. He turned religion upside down. Picture who Jesus wants us to be by contrasting between a self-important Pharisee and John the Baptist who in speaking of Jesus said in John 3: 30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.” We have a choice to make in our lives concerning Jesus and ourselves. There is a statement that we make in describing our relationship with Jesus. A statement that makes it very clear as to where Jesus is in our lives. The statement is this, “you have to die to self to allow Jesus to work in your life.” Have you stepped back and allowed Jesus to have control of your life? You may have to work hard at it, but it’s worth it.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Dave