TRUST: Whose The Greatest?

Whether reading Abraham Maslow or the bible, literature abounds regarding man’s need to feel significant. How we arrive or satiate that need makes all the difference. In America, there is a penchant for man to rely upon himself. We have sayings like self-made man or pull yourself up by your boot straps. Then, we have debate after debate about the G.O.A.T., the greatest of all time, for baseball, basketball, football and other areas like poets or novelist. Those and others presupposes that man is responsible for what he accomplishes. We constantly are asked to TRUST: Whose The Greatest?

In the post TRUST: We Are So Insensitive, we learned that one becomes so fixated on himself that what is most important, Jesus, gets lost. God has been and will always be what is most important; yet, we, like the disciples James and John, assert ourselves in that position because of our selfishness which is sin. Jesus had told them again that He was going to suffer and die, but their focus was on themselves not Jesus.

Mark 10

35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”

36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”

38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

39 “We can,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.” 41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.

TRUST: Whose The Greatest?  In man’s eyes as James and John illustrate, he is most important, but through the perspective of the creator, Jesus, God Almighty, God is the most important. Long before the disciples were created, God established His response to TRUST: Whose The Greatest?  “This is what the Lord says— Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. (Isaiah 44:6)

James and John wanted to take positions of honor, but honor that is asked for is not honor at all. True honor is bestowed not requested. They were more concerned about what they wanted. We learned this from Mark 9 – He said to them,“The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him,and after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it. 33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. – We know from that text the disciples missed Jesus was going to die, but they certainly were jockeying for position. They, like many Israelites, were thinking that Jesus came to establish a kingdom on earth where the Israelites would be in position of prominence, and as His main men, the disciples wanted to be in the seats of honor. That is what all the talk was about – TRUST: Whose The Greatest? 

God had answered TRUST: Whose The Greatest? and again in the verses following our text today. Before we can receive that response, we must deal with our penchant to focus on us rather than God. TRUST: Whose The Greatest? – God is the greatest. What we should revel in is our relationship to Him not our perceived position in relationship to others who know Him or who do not. Rest in Him not in a position. “28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.Matthew 11:28-29




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