When Jesus becomes greater and we become less, our impact becomes greater and we leave a legacy for others to build on. Jesus called John the Baptist the greatest person ever born, yet he also said the least in God’s kingdom is greater than John…
“I say to you, among those born of women, here is no one greater than John; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
“He must become greater; I must become less.”
Jesus said once that if you want to be great in God’s kingdom, learn to be the servant of all (Mark 9:35). It’s a paradox of heaven – when we give up our greatness to focus on serving, Jesus becomes greater and we become less. And then we become greater. Not greater in our own eyes, but greater in the eyes of God.
John dedicated is life to making the way for Jesus – he was the advance team, and as soon as Jesus started his ministry, John was willing to step back so Jesus would be the focus. John was also the first evangelist. He told the story in John 3:36 of how believing in Jesus leads to eternal life and away from the wrath of God. Before Jesus’ disciples were aware of who Jesus really was, John was already proclaiming the gospel about him.
The least in heaven is greater than the greatest on earth. Did you pick that up?
The least in the kingdom of God is greater than the greatest person ever born, according to Jesus. John was great on earth, yet to heaven’s standards, he is a little fish in a big pond. The biggest pond. Where the last will be first and the first will be last.
I want to live to heaven’s standard and not to the standard of the earth. Great or least in the kingdom, I am just thankful to be part of the family of God, and I am thankful for John’s example.