Tidings for Tuesday

At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven? Matthew 18:1

Reports of a cabinet shuffle in the federal government had been circulating. The rumours suggested some changes in the most prominent portfolios, including finance and defense. So there was considerable speculation as to who will be appointed to those positions. As the prime minister considered his options, he would look at several factors, most important the ability of each potential candidate for each cabinet post. It seems natural that each potential candidate would want the most important of the cabinet posts. It also seems natural for the disciples, as they consider the coming kingdom of their Lord, to want the most important positions available. But what is natural for the kingdoms of this world is not appropriate for the kingdom of Heaven.

The disciples have become very excited about the kingdom of Heaven. As followers of the Lord Jesus, they have come to appreciate how wonderful life would be with Him as the King. They deeply desire to have a part of that kingdom, and that meant as prominent a position as possible. As His followers, they expected the Lord Jesus to choose them for the chief posts in His administration. After all, they were the ones who knew Him best, who had given up the most to follow and serve Him. But they were considering the kingdom of Heaven in terms of the earthly kingdoms of which they were aware. They needed to learn that the hallmarks of a great leader in the world were not the hallmarks of a great leader in the kingdom of Heaven. They needed to understand that the Lord Jesus was looking for entirely different credentials from His deputies than the kings of this earth. Even their desire to have a great position in His kingdom was the wrong trait to list on their resume.

Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven? We know that position belongs to the Lord Jesus. Philippians 2:9 tells us that God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name. Why is He entitled to that position? The previous verses in that chapter tell us why: He made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Such great humility has never been seen of any other person in the history of the world. If the disciples were to earn a prominent role in the kingdom of Heaven, they must learn their Lord’s humility. And so must we.

Pride makes it hard for us to be humble.By following the example of the Lord Jesus, we can defeat pride, learn humility, and be better equipped for His kingdom. -Jim MacIntosh

Reports of a cabinet shuffle in the federal government had been circulating. The rumours suggested some changes in the most prominent portfolios, including finance and defense. So there was considerable speculation as to who will be appointed to those positions. As the prime minister considered his options, he would look at several factors, most important the ability of each potential candidate for each cabinet post. It seems natural that each potential candidate would want the most important of the cabinet posts. It also seems natural for the disciples, as they consider the coming kingdom of their Lord, to want the most important positions available. But what is natural for the kingdoms of this world is not appropriate for the kingdom of Heaven.

The disciples have become very excited about the kingdom of Heaven. As followers of the Lord Jesus, they have come to appreciate how wonderful life would be with Him as the King. They deeply desire to have a part of that kingdom, and that meant as prominent a position as possible. As His followers, they expected the Lord Jesus to choose them for the chief posts in His administration. After all, they were the ones who knew Him best, who had given up the most to follow and serve Him. But they were considering the kingdom of Heaven in terms of the earthly kingdoms of which they were aware. They needed to learn that the hallmarks of a great leader in the world were not the hallmarks of a great leader in the kingdom of Heaven. They needed to understand that the Lord Jesus was looking for entirely different credentials from His deputies than the kings of this earth. Even their desire to have a great position in His kingdom was the wrong trait to list on their resume.

Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven? We know that position belongs to the Lord Jesus. Philippians 2:9 tells us that God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name. Why is He entitled to that position? The previous verses in that chapter tell us why: He made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Such great humility has never been seen of any other person in the history of the world. If the disciples were to earn a prominent role in the kingdom of Heaven, they must learn their Lord’s humility. And so must we.

Pride makes it hard for us to be humble.By following the example of the Lord Jesus, we can defeat pride, learn humility, and be better equipped for His kingdom. -Jim MacIntosh

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