You once heard a lot about something called the ‘me’ generation. Remember them, the ‘Boomer’s’ kids, the radical ‘know-it-all’, ‘look out world!’, self-absorbed wannabes who had life by the tail, and don’t you’all dare get in the road! Today of course, the world’s experienced progress. We hear less about a ‘me’ generation. Instead, we have a ‘Me First’ generation, with almost everyone vying for the limelight. Today’s generation is goin’ viral. They wanna be ‘the best-est and the greatest’.
Stop. Wait a minute. This is no new story. It’s as old as time.
2,000 years ago Jesus walked on Galilean hillsides sharing about His ‘Kingdom’. It sounded great, but suddenly some of His closest followers and buddies began arguing amongst themselves about who was ‘the greatest’. The argument might have turned into a shoving match, but Jesus knew the disciples’ thoughts and He stopped and admonished them saying, “Whoever is least amongst you is the greatest…”
Jesus also used the illustration of a little child to teach His disciples the total folly of allowing themselves to be trapped by a ‘Me First’ mentality. Jesus knew where that whole mindset had first come from and where it got its name. He said, “Whoever welcomes this little child welcomes Me. And whoever welcomes Me, welcomes the One who sent me.” (Luke 9:46-50)
You might know where this is headed. Reading God’s Word, you probably know that Jesus knew ‘the’ guy, the very author of the ‘Me First’ idea. Yep, you guessed it, it was none other than that ol’ ancient serpent called ‘the devil’ or ‘Satan’, ‘the one’ still deceiving the whole world (Revelation 12:9), formerly the most beautiful and powerful angel in heaven, but that wasn’t good enough, Lucifer (as he was named) decided he wanted to be God himself, (and so began of course, Satan’s terrible ancient descent towards ultimate doom and destruction)…
But getting back to Jesus and His teaching to His disciples about the ‘Me First’ thing…what was Jesus really getting at? He was going back to the very beginning of time and battling the ancient foe’s lies with the only thing that ever overcomes the devil – Truth.
The Truth…is that in God’s Kingdom…God always, always, always, always and always…declares that the purest, gentlest, most trusting, humble, caring, hopeful, patient, good, faithful, kind, loving, self-controlled and childlike heart is the true inheritor of His Kingdom. This is who God sees as ‘greatest’. Becoming this way doesn’t happen by chance. It happens by choice. By following God, by His grace, and by seeking to become imitators of Jesus…(not ‘the other guy’…)
© 2013 S. Michaels