You are not who you think you are.
Luke 9: 46-50 “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 it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” “Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”
They had all got their own healing stories. Of course Peter was the one who had the revelation of who Jesus was. Moreover he along with James and John had been chosen to accompany Jesus on the glory mountain. Some of the other disciples had failed to drive out the demon from the young boy who was having seizures. Mix some jealousy and derogatory remarks in there with more than a sprinkling of condescension and you soon have set off a battle of the giants to see who actually would be the top dog. In an ironic twist of what seems to be unity, they had tried to stop ‘someone’ not of their tribe setting a person free from a demon in Jesus’ name. I mean how dare that person attempt such a thing when they are the greatest?! The fact that this ‘someone’ is doing something that the majority of them had failed to do with the boy with seizures is another matter!!
What did Jesus say?
You are not who you think you are or who you are portraying to one another.
If only half of what we claim to be happening was indeed happening then our church buildings would be filled to capacity.
In the case of the disciples it wasn’t only who was the greatest but who would be the greatest.
Who has the greatest vision of what is going to happen?
What did Jesus say?
He called a little boy to stand next to him and in front of them all.
This little child is now standing alongside the greatest human that ever lived, the Son of Man, the Messiah and so many more titles that have ever been bestowed on anyone! Opposite the child are a bunch of windbags arguing because they all believe they are the greatest.
I believe Jesus was saying this, “I am not standing with any of you am I?”
“Look at who I am standing with?”
“I am with who you think I would not be with.”
“I will always choose to stand with the least.”
“More than that, if you want me, My Presence, then I come through the least not those who think they are the greatest, not you.”
“Oh and stop being so partisan!”