33 Jesus and his disciples came to a house in Capernaum. There he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet. On the way, they had argued about which one of them was the most important person. 35 Jesus sat down and called for the 12 disciples to come to him. Then he said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last. They must be the servant of everyone.” 36 Jesus took a little child and had the child stand among them. Then he took the child in his arms. He said to them, 37 “Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me. And anyone who welcomes me also welcomes the one who sent me.”
It’s not about me.
The life of being a Jesus follower is the life of letting go of worrying about making sure I get what I want and what I think I deserve. It is amazing how frequently my mind turns to this kind of worry:
- Will I get enough time to myself this weekend
- Am I respected enough by these people
- Will I be paid enough money
- Am I being appreciated enough
Jesus is teaching me here that these questions are irrelevant. He is instead calling me to welcome Him in every opportunity in life. And to welcome Jesus is to live a life that welcomes others.
I am even more amazed how stress seems to vanish as I let go of these personal and internal demands and expectations I have. Realising it is not about me is very freeing!
Lord may my life be open to welcoming others so that you would be welcome in the very centre of my life. Amen
Written by Andrew Mellor