Backwards Verse of the Day: Luke 22:25-30
Since Jesus was going around announcing his Kingdom to everyone, the natural questions started to arise among his followers. Who will be the chief of staff? Who will be the Press Secretary? Communications Director? Secretary of State? Who will be VP?
Its hard to run a kingdom alone and his disciples knew that when Jesus’ kingdom is fulfilled he’d need to surround himself with the right personnel. Naturally, then, they wondered: “Who is the greatest?” This is not a school-yard conversation between bullies. This was a legitimate question to ask when one expects to be in the inner circle of a revolutionary new king.
And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.
This was at the heart of Jesus’ kingdom message. The poor, outcast, the hungry, servants, lowly, needy, the homeless, and so on are the best qualified in God’s kingdom to be the Chief of Staff, the Speaker of the House, etc. God’s Kingdom is not like the “Gentiles” who demonstrate power and authority via harsh rule; God’s kingdom is ruled by service, humility, and kindness to those in need.
The homeless man who doesn’t have a dime to his name but spends cold winter nights in an urban shelter, going to a store front church because that’s the only place that will accept him — he may be your boss in the Kingdom.