Today's devotion is based on Mark 9:34, "But they (disciples) kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest."
Peter, James, and John had witnessed Jesus' transfiguration, and still, the disciples argued among themselves about who was the greatest. How often do we (you, me) do this? How often has Jesus spoken to us, given us his direction, and asked us to do something, and still, we are concerned about our greatness? We justify, saying, 'I am okay, better, smarter, stronger, prettier, more important, greater than, and so forth." Where is the humility and servitude in that approach?
In Jesus' time, welcoming implied service. A host serves their guest. Selfless serving is the hallmark of Christianity. So, we are to serve everybody, including children, selflessly. How will you humble yourself, simply and innocently welcome God, our Father, today?
Please pray with me: Heavenly Father, creator and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, you are a fantastic, gracious, and wonderful God. Instead of welcoming you, I so often argue with others in ways that reflect my sense of self-importance and self-reported greatness. I do this privately and publicly. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting. In Jesus' holy name, I pray, Amen.