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No, I’m the Best! | Matthew 18

Someone always has to be the favorite.  Right?

This week, we study Matthew chapter 18. Let’s dig in!

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Someone always has to be the favorite.  Right?  Why do we do this to ourselves?  My children ask me all the time who my favorite is.  Like I would tell them.  I’m kidding.  I really don’t have a favorite because they all take turns being the golden child.  I know my brother is the favorite of my parents.  It’s fine.  It’s not like there is a prize. 

You would think that this is a concept that the twelve disciples would have grasped.  Yet, they argued about it. 

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  Matthew 18:1

They came to Capernaum.  When he was in the house, he asked them, “what were you arguing about on the road?”  But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Mark 9:33-34

An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.  Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Luke 9:46-47

The thing is, Jesus loved them all the same.  He loves us all the same.  There is no greatest.  There is not favorite.  This is so hard to understand.  How could God not have favorites?  I mean Peter and John were clearly the leaders of the group.  I mean Jesus said that Peter would be the rock on which the church would be built.  Or Moses?  God talked to him face to face.  Abraham?  He was chosen to be the father of nations.  David?  A man after God’s own heart.  Mary?  The angel actually says she is highly favored.  I mean she bore and birthed the Messiah.  God chose her for that.  Or the martyrs?  Or Billy Graham?  Bill Gaither?  How could God love me as much as these folks…to just name a few. 

But he does.  God loves you.  So much so that he sent a part of himself to die on a cross so that you could spend eternity with him.  How much more proof do you need?  We are all his favorite. 

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