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1st June 2023

Who is the Greatest?

The disciples of Jesus were eager to know who was the greatest in the kingdom of God.
Humans seem to have an innate fascination with this concept of greatness.
Jesus totally redefines the idea of greatness.
Honouring the Lord & humility are the way of kingdom greatness.
We see another aspect of kingdom greatness in today’s scripture passage.

Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:19-20

Jesus came to fulfil the Law & the Prophets. His teaching expressed their full heart & intent.
He encourages everyone to walk in the commandments of God.
Jesus also gives another aspect of kingdom greatness here.
Obedience to the commands of God. Walking in God’s world, God’s way.

Whoever obeys & teaches others to obey the commandments of God will be highly esteemed in the kingdom.
Walking in & passing on God’s truth to others is a sign of kingdom greatness.
This is the righteousness (right way to live) that God is looking for.
We truly honour the Lord by obeying & passing on His truth & commandments.

Honouring God, humility & upholding God’s truth are all aspects of Kingdom greatness.
Loving the Lord by walking in His truth is a sign of true greatness.
We are firstly to obey God’s truth & secondly to pass it on to others.
We teach as much through our lives as our lips. SELAH
We therefore need a means of laying hold of the truth of God’s word & a means of teaching & passing it on to others.
Who am I learning from & who am I instructing? Both are important disciplines to instil in our lives.
In the kingdom of God we are both pupils & teachers!!! Live long learners & instructors. SELAH

For Reflection

  • In what ways am I walking in the truth of God’s word?
  • How am I teaching & passing on God’s truth to others?
  • Meditate upon obedience to the Word of God.

A song related to this theme:


Heavenly Father,
Thank you that Your word is truth,
That it brings light & abundant life.
Jesus thank you that taught the full truth of God’s word,
Give me strength to walk in all your ways.
Holy Spirit lead me into the truth of God’s word, will & ways,
Help me to inspire, teach & instruct others to do the same.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.

Written by Gareth Jones

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