2016-06-07 - Who IS the Greatest?
Over the past weekend, a famous and charismatic boxing champion died. He had called himself 'the greatest," and he may have been the greatest boxer ever to live. I can't say, since I know very little about respective boxers. I guess since I have worked with beating victims in the Criminal Justice System, when I see a clip from a boxing match, I am inclined to see what on the street, would be an Aggravated Assault in progress - not to mention an event that is a known cause of brain damage. But I know that to some, it's a sport.
Some people admire Ali, who is said to have done a lot to help people. Others heard his blustering words about himself, and saw an overinflated ego. Some admired his refusal to fight in the Vietnam war, whereas some who had lost loved ones there, considered him a coward and selfish person, who considered himself above the (Selective Service) law. Some found it ironic that he didn't want to fight in the war, yet bragged about putting someone in the hospital while he himself was still walking around. Some saw him as a person to emulate, because of his skills and attitudes - while others considered him arrogant, and not a good role model, especially for Christians who are supposed to be humble. However one feels about Ali's legacy, I thought it would be interesting to see what Christ had to say, about who is the greatest.
Matthew 18:1-4 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 and He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
So that's what the Son of God said about it, that it's not about puffing oneself up but rather humility. And after all, isn't that to be our plumbline, what the Word of God says? May we all strive to live lives that will place us among the greatest in Christ's eyes.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.