Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

10/04/2017

Charles Cash

Big People

 

“Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child,

the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

 (Matthew 18:4)

 

Even though Jesus was divine, deity, the Son of God, Emmanuel (God with us), He entered this world in a humble stable with a feeding manger filled with straw as a bed. What a humble way  for our Savior to make His appearance on this earth. This same kind of humility characterized His entire life in this world below, first as a carpenter in Nazareth, and then as the Christ, the Messiah, carrying on His official ministry which ultimately led to His death on the cross. The apostle Paul put it in these words: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation (emptied Himself), taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death on the cross.”(Philippians 2:5-8)

 

That’s our Savior! And our example! Notice how Paul began this text: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” Think like Jesus! Do as Jesus did! Jesus asks us to follow His example in humbling ourselves and serving as He served.

 

Man has always had the desire to be great. A small child asks, “Daddy, do you love me more than sister?” This is exactly the same problem that the Apostles had long ago when they asked Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”(Matthew 18:1) This is the question that prompted the text above about humility as a little child. Even the apostles who had spent over three years as constant companions of Jesus, listening to His great lessons, witnessing His marvelous miracles and His life of  love and humility, now, shortly before Jesus’ death, find themselves in a power struggle over who is to be the greatest in the kingdom. This led the mother of James and John to request for the “sons of thunder” positions of honor on the left and right hand of Jesus in His kingdom. How disappointing! The apostles apparently had no conception of what Jesus had been talking about, especially when He had explained about His kingdom.

 

In response to the apostles’ question about greatness, Jesus said, “Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.” (Matthew 20:26) The way to greatness in God’s kingdom is humility and service! And Jesus left the perfect example. He went on to say, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve. And to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28) In Luke’s parallel account, Luke has Jesus saying to the apostles: “I am among you as the One who serves." (Luke 22:27) Humble service is the passport to the presence of God!

 

Here is a great pearl of wisdom. Write it down! Memorize it! Post it on the refrigerator! Live by it! “If you are too big for a little place, then you are too little for a big place!”

 

From the pen of an unknown author:

 

“Be big enough to speak the truth, and live it.

Hold your ideals though the heavens fall.

Expect no quarter, yet be quick to give it.

Big enough to heed the humblest call."

 

—CHARLES CASH