From the earliest times (i.e. – the Apostles), there’s always been “jostling” as to who is the most “worthy” Christian. James and John, the “Sons of Thunder,” asked Jesus for seats of honor in His Kingdom (which outraged the other Apostles to no end). Remember, these are men who spent much of their lives together, and in Jesus’ very presence. Possibly, they may have thought they were “more worthy” than their other co-Apostles. But, did Jesus ever say ANY of them were “more worthy” or even “good?”
Questions for further thought:
1. Why DO some Christians fight about who is “real,” and who isn’t a “real” Christian, in their minds?
2. Do we Christians, today, even in our churches, jostle for “position” vis-à-vis public understanding of what a Christian is?
Challenge: May we pray to follow the Lord Jesus in humility and grace however He calls us to do so. And, may we pray that we do not care about the “public appearances” of being a Christian (or cultural equivalences therein) as being more important than serving others because of the love of Christ IN us, whether publicly regarded or not. Amen.
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