Summary: Some times it is great to be a nobody!
God Blesses the Little Guy!
"No one ever looks out for the little guy!!" Ever hear that before? It usually comes after looking at a tax bill or listening to a politician, but the attitude affects a lot of areas. It is obvious that the big guy or the guy with the looks, talent, money or power gets all the attention. Many studies have shown that men six feet tall or better automatically get better jobs. The dress for success philosophy was designed around mankind’s obsession with appearance or maybe better said form instead of substance. An attractive woman many times gets promoted even if she lacks the skills. Indeed, money and power can be had if you look like you should have money and power. While from a human standpoint it appears that no one looks out for the little guy, there is Someone who is looking out for him and the little gal. In fact, in the Kingdom economy the one who is little or least is the most honored of all.
46 Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.
47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him,
48 And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great. (KJV)
The disciples were no different than we are. Get a group of people together in any organization and there is a power struggle. Someone wants to be the big shot or the one most honored and respected or just the one who gets to tell everyone else what to do. There is the organizational appointed leader and then there is a leader unofficially chosen by the group that is to be led.
Sometimes these two leaders are on the same sheet of music and cooperate well and other times it is an adversarial relationship. The group leader always instigates the old "us versus them" controversy. You know, labor versus management, deacons versus pastor or whatever the division is in the particular group. Sometimes the adversity is hot and livid and other times it is more of a passive aggressive situation. You always get a "Yes, Sir or Yes Ma’am", but there is always a problem getting a project accomplished on time or correctly. We have all worked in shops or served in churches like that.
So here we have the disciples debating which one is the second in command since Jesus was the Master. Peter was vocal and the first to declare Jesus as the Christ. John was closest to Him and was known by them as the one that Jesus loved. The others gave forth all their strengths and reasons why they should be the elder or leader among them. They may have gotten into a heated discussion over this. Peter was a firebrand so I am sure he lit a few fires in the discussions.
As in all our disputes and reasonings, Jesus saw the core problem and used a child to illustrate the true way to greatness in the Kingdom. The way up is down. Jesus came here for the little guy. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Son of God, the Mighty Counselor and the Prince of Peace who left glory to die for creatures that in comparison to Him were bacteria and bad bacteria at best. He came into the world as the son of a poor carpenter and was laid in a manger or cow trough. He was living as a poor, itinerant preacher and even had a fish provide tax money for Him and His followers. Yet, His followers were arguing about how great that they were when in their countrymen’s eyes they were only poor, illiterate fishermen. The sheer gall of it all is mind boggling until you realize that we do the same thing.