Devotion

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The Importance of Being Equal

Matthew 11:7-11

I tell you the truth:  Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist;

yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.  Matthew 11:11

From what do you draw your importance?  Is it money, fame, accomplishments, or abilities?  Does it come through your spouse, children, parents, or peers?  The Scriptures give us examples of people who gain their sense of importance in all these ways.

In Matthew 11, Jesus addresses this issue.  In the kingdom of heaven, all believers are invited to be servants of the king.  As we serve, no one is counted greater or lesser than another.  Everyone will be equal in the sight of God.  The world, with all its measures of greatness, will eventually pass away.  Then our eternal importance will rest solely on God’s grace and mercy.

Matthew 6:33 tells us to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.”  What a challenge is to for us to let God and not the world give us our sense of importance.  — Susan Anderson

Prayer:  God, we struggle to be important to ourselves and others.  Help us find that importance in you.  Amen.

Prayer concern:  Those in authority and power

Excerpt from: Christ in Our Home, Volume II, Devotions for Every Day of the Year — Day 326