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Monday, September 1, 2014

Least to Be Greatest

For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest” (Luke 9:48b, NIV).

Sometimes the last thing I understand in my Christian life is the importance of taking care of small things. In my heart and mind I may tell myself I am ready to die for Christ, but then I don't live for Him in the small details. A real disciple takes care of every area of his life. He surrenders all in his life which separates Him from God's love.... his actions, his thoughts, his motives, the small details. He makes himself least so that Jesus might become more.

Christ became the least for me. He made himself the least in His father's eyes when He took on my sin. He was perfect in every way. Spotless without deceit or jealousy or hate or bitterness or greed or His own agenda, He said “yes” to His father's plan for saving my life. That acceptance meant the perfect love Jesus had with His own father would be broken, and His father would be unable to look upon the ugliness of my sin in His own son. But Jesus made himself least and gave His life so that sin's ability to destroy my life would be broken. Sin that had forever separated me from God's perfect love was crucified on that cross...once and for all. From the least He became the greatest. He was raised from the dead into newness of life for me. He lives with His father in heaven forever exalted for His sacrificial gift that promises abundant life now and eternal life forever. He may be with His father, but I am not alone here on earth! I have the gift of the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and empower my life. All I must do is accept the love that gave His life for me. Daily I surrender to be least so that he might be the greatest.
Jesus made the greatest sacrifice. He calls me to lay down all that I am so that I can receive all that He is. I have accepted that call, and I am a disciple of the Savior who gave His life for me. Just as Jesus did for me, I must make myself least for the sake of others. I must learn sacrifice of my own desires. I must overcome prideful wants, agendas, plans, and purposes. I will choose His will above my own. I will learn to be His servant in the least thing, because He became the least for me. Then I may learn to be His servant in the greatest.

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