Least Among You

September 26, 2022

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

“For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.” (Luke 9:46-50)

LEAST AMONG YOU: This is not the only time Jesus tells us to put others first. On the surface, it seems like a pretty simple directive. However, it can prove to be quite difficult to implement.

I know what it means to put others first, but my ego can often get in the way. Oftentimes I benefit from doing something for others. It makes me feel good, or others acknowledge my service or affirm my generous spirit. I like when that happens. Is it wrong to feel like I am benefitting from serving others?

Am I doing this for others, or am I doing it for me?

I think it is easiest to reconcile this question by asking another question: Is what I am doing being done with a servant’s heart? If my actions come from a place of love, and my intent is to serve others, I am following Jesus’ directive.

If I receive a side benefit of public affirmation or feeling good about myself, it is Jesus’ way of encouraging me to continue doing His work.

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